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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

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

Creator of the 'grbbridge' package for LaTeX bridge typesetting.


ACBL Board of Governors representative from District 18.


Author of a "Hand of the Week" teaching column, aimed primarily at improving club players, posted on my website. (Currently on hiatus.)


In my daily life, a statistics consultant at Excelsior Statistics and Optimization; in my bri

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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When is shuffle/deal/play appropriate?
My basic answer is "any time that one set of boards is enough for everyone who is going to need to play them" (thinking mostly of one-table pairs games.) As to the big team games -- lack of preduplicated boards actually strikes me as a bigger problem in Swisses than in ...
National Bridge Organization?
...nor will we ever, as long as na-tion-al is only 3/4 as long as enn-ay-bee-cee.
High-Level Preempt: Alertable or Not? (ACBL)
Put me down for highly unusual and unexpected. "Wide ranging in 3rd seat" doesn't go far enough -- wide ranging usually still means that slam is unlikely opposite a minimum partner, but lots of 6-point hands and a few 4-point hands make 6H a good spot.
Daylight Savings Time
Confirming my presence in the forum (and my absence from Kansas City, but I did find a sucker, erm, volunteer, to fill in for me.) It's a great time to write to your state legislators and ask them to abandon DST, too. We got this through one chamber in ...
Unit Board Questions
Disclaimer -- both places I've been on the board were small towns with one club. 1) Four was too few. We sometimes didn't have a quorum for six months, if we elected two snowbirds, and amended our bylaws to add a fifth position. Eleven, in another unit, was many ...
High Level Reverses
"Could be just 5M4m, but establishes a game force even if responder's 2/1 didn't" is how I would phrase the answer. That seems to correspond approximately to door #4 in your poll.
(1!C) - 2!C
I've happily used something similar for years: I use (1)-2 to show 4 spades, and 5+ of a red suit. If I have 5 spades, I overcall a spade. Bidding the traditional Michaels hand via 1S-then-2H is a small loss, compared to the largish gain of ...
What is the bridge system that has most impressed you?
One idea I particularly admire, and wish we could develop further in North America than we can, are systems were non-1C openings are parallel in meaning to the responses to 1C. This might be a means to cutting the memory load of a big system in half. You can split ...
After a Passed-Hand 2/1, II
I've no idea what is standard -- but what seems sensible to me is that opener passes with a minimum balanced hand, so 2NT must be strong. I suppose there's a case for some specific intermediate range, especially if you open your 15-point 5332s with 1S, but forcing feels ...
Fit Non-Jumps instead of Drury
And then there are those last few of us who think having 2 level bids, any of them, promise fits and 3 level bids promise misfits is just bizarre... My preference is still for natural fit-denying simple responses, and fit-showing jumps. It also pays a bonus in the memory department ...

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