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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
17 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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Questions for the directors
The weak-two-bidder has to actively avoid taking advantage of the UI from the failure to alert: he has to bid as if his partner offered to play in 3NT opposite a good weak two in spades. There better be a 7-card spade suit or an unexpected void or SOMEthing, if ...
Active ethics: A Step too Far?
In my view, the actively ethical action is to wait until the time period for the automatic penalty has expired, and then ask the director to restore equity (on this hand, -1 would stand.) That said, it is legal to say nothing at all about your own side's revoke ...
Meaning of 2NT response to 2!C?
Popular in my area is 2H double negative, 2S heart positive, 2H spade positive. I'm not sure it actually wrongsides things any less often than a simpler approach would (it rightsides one suit but wrongsides another.)
Two-suited Overcalls
I would play bids to show the 4-5s over 1C/1D (and I do), but not the 5-4s. With those just overcall 1M.
Critique This Auction with Satan
Partner heard me promise 24-26. xxxxx x xxxxx xx is going to force me to choose a suit. Opposite 24-26 and a fit, Q+K may not move unless 5-5, but Q+A or K+K probably would. I think that, among 24-26 hands with spade fits, I have one ...
Switching North-South and East-West for the last 2 rounds of a Pairs competition
The argument why 1/8th of rounds should be switched, if you switch, has already been linked. (The handful of people in the US who like switching usually switch 1/4 or more.) I am not a fan of any amount of switching. It makes seeding almost impossible. In the ...
Critique This Auction with Satan
4 really ought to agree spades, and show slam interest in spades without pushing us past 4. Similarly 5 ought to agree diamonds, and show slam interest without pushing us past 5. 4NT denying enthusiasm for either of responder's suits. I actually assumed that was ...
What was the worst call?
I would like to join you there. In my view, West and North both bid just fine. East is by far the most insane player, for the horrendous underbid of 2H and then for sitting for the double - but it IS hard for me not to call 3D the worst ...
A Committee to Make Recommendations Regarding an "Expert Guild"
Well, here are my two main thoughts on the subject. One has to do with the name. "Guild" does indeed imply a community of experts organized for their own benefit -- in the same way that you might term the ABTA a Teachers Guild. Not clear to me why the experts ...
How standard are these psych bids?
No provision requiring proof. A very obvious provision allowing redress to the non-offending side if damaged by a forced pass.

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