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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
Jan. 21
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
Gold Life Master
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Is this X takeout or penalty?
I voted other: penaltyish (diamond stack) but usually the upper limit is going to be about 14 for the initial pass --- so a responder with as much as xxx xxx xx KQxxx has to pull it. If 1NT was only going off 1 or 2 despite you having 16 and ...
Anyone for going back to the old Fall schedule or moving the Reisinger to the first weekend of the tournament?
At a guess: those of us who were opposed to the creation of the Soloway are still opposed to its continued existence, and a big part of the reason is the watering down of the other events. I imagine the people who wanted the Soloway are happy it is there ...
A 'Bridge Center' Organization
Re "Larger clubs seem to be staying healthy, maybe even thriving. Smaller clubs are where the loses have been coming from": the things I see changing are that 1) the necessary population to have a critical mass of bridge players has gone up, and 2) you can't just open ...
ACBL Reorg Fails by One Vote.
Color me amazed that it was 15-10 and not 10-15. That sounds to me like it's very likely that some similar motion will pass in the next couple of years... which is at least 5 years sooner than I thought it had any chance of happening.
Disposing of old cards
At one previous club, many of them got donated to a member who used them in art and craft projects. We also donated a batch to the local prison once. Whether that's allowable will vary by jurisdiction and the answer is likely to be no nowadays.
Continuations after Minorwood
I would take 4NT after minorwood as to play, and assumed it was universal to do so. I would be less sure about the king and queen asks. With the one partner I discussed it in detail, 5 of the other minor was the king ask. If there had been ...
your comment is needed
8 from T8xx feels much more reasonable than from J8xx. The message, playing attitude leads, is "I don't want this suit returned, I have something else in my hand that I want you to find and lead towards, when you get in." (That is, 8 even from T8xx isn ...
Demanding revoke correction
I can recall quite a few occasions where I said something like "one of you just revoked - find my last trump and play it now!" One suffers all kinds of nebulous hard-to-explain-to-a-director damage if you can't get a count on their hands, if you have to plan the play ...
IMP Pairs
It adds variance. Presumably that's to the advantage of weak pairs, since the strongest pairs in the room would prefer a lower-variance game to ensure they get the high place they deserve in the long wrong. It adds variance to team games too - but good luck persuading the world ...
Two Step Slam Dance
Answered Part I with 3H, but want the clubs to be AKxx+ before I will consider the jump to 4H.

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