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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
Oct. 19
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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How does your local club manage Zero Tolerance?
My club has a ZT sign on the wall, but never makes announcements, never gives any penalties, and never does anything if you submit a complaint. So appealing a penalty has never come up :\ As already noted upthread, Law 91 penalties get described commonly as "un-appeal-able", but that really means ...
2 sessions movements (Mitchell+Howell) VS arrow switch.
There isn't one. It's just a fact of life that if you play two Mitchell movements, no matter how they are arrow-switched, you split the room into two groups of people who had no chance to meet in the first session, and you aren't going to have ...
Did the Director get it right?
If the facts aren't in dispute, it is clear to throw out the board, regardless of the result on it. I am open to suggestion as to whether a PP for the team that sat at the same table and failed to shuffle (or for both teams!) is needed ...
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
At risk of being slightly off topic, but addressing some comments raised in the string below Peg Kaplan's post: "why would I want to spend all that time and money to go to that beautiful tropical location... and then sit inside all day and play cards???" That is why ...
1354 and 2353 minimum opener rebids
It's a difficult sim to run. Easy enough to say what happens when you insist on hearts, easy enough to calculate how often it's a 7-card fit instead of 8 or 9. What's hard is mapping out outcomes after 1D-1H-2C. Will responder always go back to 2D ...
mice against cheaters
The idea of printing the *backs* of the cards with codes scares me more than a little. Marks on the front with cameras in the right places seems reasonable, if RFID is too expensive.
Transfer Lebensohl!?
3H would presumably be 5+ spades, either inv+ or GF, depending on partnership agreement. The way I learned them, playing "Rubensohl," after 1NT-(2H), everything was a transfer: 2NT was clubs, weak or strong; 3C was diamonds, weak or strong (no way to invite in a minor); 3D was the ...
Perspective of a Playing Sponsor: I Came to Play
Almost every sport with small "teams" has an "everyone must play" requirement. Ever seen 6 people and a non-playing captain run a 4x1500 relay, with the captain deciding whether to let the slowpoke or the champ run the 3rd leg based on how big of a lead he has at ...
$375K ACBL Boondoggle & Hawaii Fallout!
Not sure where the best place to post this is... Gary's opening line suggests this was a report intended to be sent to all of the Board of Governors, but didn't come to me. Don't know if the other BoG reps in my area got it or ...
Perspective of a Playing Sponsor: I Came to Play
I am glad you played as much as you did, and glad you want to make it a requirement. I can't imagine why anything less than 1/2 the boards in a stage was ever allowed. Trying to make the weakest pair play as few boards as possible, or ...

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