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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
June 30
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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Consumer law at work in BBO
It's not unique to BBO. Remember when regional KO sessions were 28 boards, and championship sessions were 32? Of course, unlike ice cream buyers, it seemed a lot of bridge players were happy to get to the bar sooner, rather than sad to see a 16% increase in the ...
Cameras as “Security Theater”
I agree with Richard Willey inasmuch as I think any proposals for cameras, screen sharing, etc, are security theater. I disagree with Andy Bowles's comment that we are talking about a "serious bridge event comparable with the Spingold." The state of bridge security is that even WITH cameras etc ...
Idea for An Unassuming Club
I moved in the opposite direction, and adopted AUC's way. I had previously played Polish variations where 1C-1M-2C was clubs (and 2D Odwrotka or Bubwrotka, and 1C-1H-2S / 1C-1H-3C natural and strong.) After trying AUC I switched to 1C-1H-2C strong without 3 hearts, 1C-1H-2D strong with 3 hearts (Bubwrotka rather ...
Does full disclosure include frequency disclosure?
I don't think you have to be able to give percentages, but you should certainly be able to say "either a raise to 3C, or a game-forcing two-suiter" / "either a signoff in clubs, hearts, or spades, or a game-going hand with a spade stopper".
1M-3NT: What Do You Play This as Showing?
Since it's a line item on the ACBL convention card, it's a rare-at-the-table sequence that gets discussed in a lot of new partnerships. In mine, the most frequently chosen meaning has been a 4333 13-15 hand (exactly 3 of opener's major.) I have also played it as ...
1NT by a passed hand in Balancing Seat
I am another person who usually plays a balancing NT starting at 12 (I have had partners insist on 11, but I've not had good results bidding 1N on 11, and have never done it on 10.) Given that I'd be opening all 12s, and in some partnerships ...
Should bridge authorities be able to tell us what we can bid?
There's an oft-repeated claim along the lines of "inexperienced players feel very uncomfortable having to deal with psyches" but in my experience, that is false: the inexperienced players learn something new about the game, internalize it, and turn around and use themselves very soon afterward. (And it often takes ...
Is 1!c-1!d-1!h-1!s an Exception to 4th Suit Forcing to Game?
I much prefer to have 1 be FSF (whether we are playing it 1-round or game-forcing) and 2 natural. If I have the classic FSF hand - "I want to play game somewhere but I don't know which one, tell me more partner" - the LAST thing I want ...
4 Day 5278 Table ACBL Online Regional Concludes
Shortly after Sabine's 8- or 9-week feat (I forget whether she did in 8 to break an old 9-week record, or she did it in 9 and someone else in 8) the rules were changed to require 50 black points to make Life Master. "To help the clubs," they ...
Advancing Partner's "Woolsey Double" over their 1NT
One of the things I really liked about adopting the Woolsey double was the ability to both play in one of overcaller's suits (via 2C/2D) or to be able to show my own 6-card major at the 2-level. In some other conventions this isn't possible at all ...

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