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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
about me

Creator of the grbbridge package for LaTeX bridge typesetting.


In daily life, statistics consultant at Excelsior Statistics and Optimization; in bridge life, double-dummy simulation guru, teacher, and club director.

District 18 ACBL Board of Governors representative. Author of a "Hand of the Week" teaching column on my site (on hiatus now.)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Going minus 1960... without anybody at the table having done anything wrong!
Regular Bridge Partners
Tanya McCully, Doug Dorland, Gavin McGimpsey (formerly: Michael Schmahl, Mike Keller, Debbi Purvis)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Flathead Valley DBC (formerly Farthest North BC)
Favorite Tournaments
All the Montana sectionals; Victoria BC
Favorite Conventions
Legalize Wilkosz 2D! Two-way club systems; sweep cue-bids.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Board of Governors Input on Tournament Staff Pricing
Making it easier to hire well-qualified local players as part-time tournament directors would be nice. This is one of those things which right now only happens if you both live exactly where your field supervisor wants you to live, and are his best friend. The rest of the proposal leaves ...
ACBL Big Ideas - Augmenting Rank/Point Structure
It's something you could, in principle, calculate, by looking at your list of masterpoint winnings on your MyACBL page. Sort your per-event winnings from largest to smallest. If you see 50 40 30 20 10 10 10 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2, your M-number is 8 ...
Board of Governors Input on New Big Ideas
I have to say I am pleased that the Board of Governors returned the same ranking as the membership at large did. This suggests that we are doing our jobs of representing our members. Dare I hope that this will make the Board of Directors a little bit more inclined ...
REACH vs. Sectional: One Solution
In all the areas I have lived, clubs have closed for local sectionals and regionals. (And generally not closed for sectionals more than 50 miles away.) I am puzzled why OP's situation was allowed to occur. Our district's sanction approver doesn't allow a sectional and a regional ...
Orders of Protection - American Pool Players Association - ACBL
Yes, reasonable people can coexist. There's usually a shortage of those, by the end of almost any court proceeding. And the system doesn't seem to exactly encourage use of intermediaries to negotiate things like who goes to which club on which evening.
2NT Opening Agreements
"There is no agreement on the difference between showing the same major-suit shape via transfer and via Smolen." Eh? That's because those sequences don't show the same shape, isn't it? At least when I was a bridge baby, my choices included 3D-then-3S and 3H-then-4H with 5-5s of ...
Orders of Protection - American Pool Players Association - ACBL
The onus *shouldn't* be completely on X. That in effect requires X to stalk Y in order to know her whereabouts at all times, and that should be the LAST thing the court wants X to do. The only thing I can say for sure is that the order ...
Public statement from and myself
Can assure you we haven't let him into any clubs in Montana :)
Range for Responder’s Splinter
There always has to be an 'other' doesn't there? For me, splinter with 1, do something else with 2, splinter then take a second call over partner's inevitable signoff with 3. You can almost count that as a vote for '1 only' I suppose. Though what I really ...
Neither N nor S is required to reveal the revoke. But they ARE required to refuse to accept the concession of a trick that cannot be lost. If I am in South's position, I fulfill that latter obligation by waiting until we take our cards out for the next ...

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