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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
9 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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Critique this convention
Reaching a subminimum-HCP 3NT when the minor runs seems like a much easier thing to achieve over a strong 1NT (and I happily played something much like Henry Sun's 2S response in a strong notrump context for a long time.) After a weak NT, responder won't JUST have ...
Should Michaels require an alert?
I commend your ethical approach, Bruce, but many people who play 2D as something other than Michaels don't alert it, and several TDs have said (only slightly incorrectly) that "only a natural 2D needs alerted". (The actual policy says that any 'highly unusual and unexpected' meaning requires an alert ...
Foursomes - Another modest proposal for the GNT's
I've said for about 20 years that if I were king, forbidding 5- and 6-person teams except for emergency substitutions is the very first change I would make. All levels of the game. The average team size is already below 4.1 everywhere except the pro world (and about ...
Query Re ACBL Chart Regs
Historically (until 2007) all natural bids were legal and unregulatable. But even at that time, using a jump bid to show any kind of a raise was legal. I've not seem 1M-P-3M used that way - but have one partner who uses 1M-P-3C as either 7-9 or 10-12 (3D asks ...
Another Scoring Error
I wish I knew how to stop them, but... Scoring error in a club game isn't news. There's one (usually a board entered for NS instead of EW or vice versa) in essentially every session I've played in a club. They are less common in sectionals, maybe ...
Electronic Scoring
It does make for a fairer and faster game not to show the scores. But "Really, when was the last time you saw an old fashioned traveling score?" --- got news for you: out in the real world, not everybody has Bridgemates. Many/most clubs have them now, but I saw ...
Another GNT Fiasco
The District 18 CoC have always been posted well in advance on the district website. I'll have to drop our district coordinator a line and ask how we've missed forwarding these to Headquarters.
ACBL (poor) response on conflicting alert rules
"The chart requires an alert after 1NT-2♣; 2 any-3♣ or 3♦ if they don't promise a major, but those sequences have never in standard methods promised a major. I seem to recall that at one time the alert procedure clearly stated that only notrump rebids which denied or might ...
Trivia - thanks to Barry for the idea
My guess changed after each of the first 4 clues, but then stayed quite firm.
Committee to Restructure the BoD - Dead??
Reducing the size of the Board seems like the least of your worries. Restructuring the districts themselves is going to upset several hundred bridge politicians, not just 25, and fling the whole country's schedule of regionals into disarray. Some of us are already in big (really, really, really big ...

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