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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
22 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
Gold Life Master
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2 Way Checkback Query
Could we please NOT call it "2-way checkback" if 2C forces 2D, rather than asking anything? That is (in my understanding) what distinguishes the 2-way checkback family from the XYZ family.
Systemic lead from doubleton w/ two touching honors
The books say "lead the nonstandard honour from a doubleton, so your partner will know it is a doubleton"... but that only works when you have AK, or when you have a fast entry in another suit. Even then, if partner wins trick 1 and has to make a key ...
Is there a good writeup of Attitude Leads anywhere?
The Journalist Leads book is excellent. Obviously only the "spot card leads vs. notrump" chapter is relevant to this thread.
1 Diamond - 2 Clubs in 2/1
Gee, when I first learned 2/1, "nobody" played 1D-2C as GF. "2/1" meant "2/1 response to 1H or 1S is GF," and 1D-2C was still 10+ish. Those people would have never had a 4-card major if they only had an 11-count, but some of them would ...
Club Play...Results
I am lot less invested now than I once was. Until about two years ago I was directing and teaching weekly, and serving on a unit board. Running my own club would require me to be better at making phone calls than I am. When I say my local units ...
Club Play...Results
At the club: consistent enforcement of the rules. All of them, down to 0-20 games. Not brutal enforcement, but gee... novice golfers know they get a stroke penalty for going into the water hazards just like the pros do. "If this were a tournament, I'd call the director on ...
It's Your invitation
I am bidding 2C and following with 2NT - but I am expecting to show a profit when I find a heart fit, and break even or suffer a modest loss when I don't. If you made the hand T9x Ax ATxx T9xx I would feel ...
Learning about our Forum: Club Play
Would play 2 or 3 nights a week, and direct about once a week, if a game were available. No evening games in my area, so had to say "less than once a month," and that appears unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.
Does this software/hand generator exist?
It's an easy script in the free Thomas Andrews Deal program. But "by no means proficient with it" is a real obstacle to getting started with Deal unless you have programming experience and a willingness to learn a moderately uncommon scripting language.
FOREX Challenges
District 19 (when I was on its board, several years ago) maintained separate US and Canadian bank accounts, and tried hard to manage US operations entirely out of one account and Canadian operations out of the other. You might say we indulged in currency speculation, in that we were prepared ...

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