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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
April 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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Designing a better "Ecosystem"
It seems this is yet another area where there is wide regional variation. In the three states I've lived in, it is just a given that any club within about 50 miles of a sectional or regional always closes. (And often cancels their Monday or Tuesday game the week ...
Data analysis
Baby Boom started in 1946 (and is a lot bigger in 1947 than 1946.) The pool of potential bridge players 72+ is a lot smaller than the pool 71-. (If you think we have membership problems now, wait and see what happens in 10 or 15 more years...)
Transfers after 1NT - 2C - 2D?
I haven't tried 2-level transfers after 1N-2C, but have experimented with 3-level transfers. My two goals were to a) show both suits when I had a weak 4-6, rather than just signing off at 3m, and b) show my shortness when I had a strong 4-5 or 4-6, to ...
3-level responses to 1NT
That's one of several reasons I prefer to show the 3154 hand with the 3M bid than to go through Puppet to look for a 5-3 fit. Having shown the 3154, partner can play in the 4-3 fit whenever it looks right, bid 3NT when he has the short ...
Is there a PROVEN best carding method?
Such analysis as I've done has led me to believe that standard and upside-down are so close that the choice between them should be made for other reasons (which one fits in best with the rest of your methods.) I suspect that something along the lines of odd-even (all ...
Thanks to Jay Whipple
An intriguing idea. But I'd sooner let my district handle the arrangements for an NABC than let Headquarters tell my district how not to run our regionals.
Thanks to Jay Whipple
It strains my belief that Jay thinks entry fees "needed to be at least 30% higher" when they are already twice as much as a profitable regional charges -- along with hotel rooms that run close to twice as much as a profitable regional charges. This isn't the WBF and ...
1!H - 1!S - 2!D - 3 of major
Without discussion, I assume that 2/1 players play all of these 2nd round jumps as invitational. Playing SA you have to ask "are your 1-1-1-3s forcing or invitational?" with each new partner. With discussion, I try to persuade them to try forcing jumps and FSF-round (or something else like ...
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
I had a quiet word with the most frequent and best-informed director at my local club last fall, suggesting "perhaps you can quietly slip 'Open chart' in, telling the rest of the board it's the new default in non-MP-limited games, without them asking many questions about exactly what has ...
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
All the clarity in the world won't help, unless a) event sponsors say which chart is in effect and b) players actually read the charts. It's not like this is a new problem before. Same thing happened with the previous convention chart rewrites. Heck, there are clubs that ...

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