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Hendrik Sharples
Hendrik Sharples
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 28, 2010
Last Seen
March 22
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Member National Ethical Oversight Committee, 

Member National Appeals Committee, (before they did away with it)

D20 Disciplinary chair, former D20 Recorder, playing duplicate since 1978 or so.

Personal property appraiser (real life: as in antiques road show meets hoarders)

I tell people what their stuff is worth, sell some of that stuff on behalf of my clients

I golf once a week.  Before bridgewinners I used to do other things, but not so

much any mor

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
meeting my wife (of course!)
Bridge Accomplishments
hundreds of regional wins, no (sigh) national wins
Regular Bridge Partners
Gerry Marshall
Favorite Tournaments
Penticton, Seaside, almost any National
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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2H as weak both majors (2 good examples!)
Works very well in ACBL land where, for some odd reason, the official approved defense is 2NT strong balanced and X for minors, which basically guarantees that you can't go for a number
what is the correct opening bid
I hate opening 2 with 2 suited hands, but in this case I would apply the sick rule: would I feel sick (before seeing dummy) if my one level bid was passed out? In this case the answer is yes, of course, so I would open 2.
Winning matchpoint strategy
One of my biggest regional games involved getting plastered at dinner, crossing off all our conventions except Stayman and Blackwood, and bidding like drunken fools. I'm certain the fact it was a consolation had nothing to do with our good score.
how should I defend?
I applaud your ethics, but looking at 8 hearts, I find it difficult to believe that given the auction, the play of a low heart from declarer wouldn't shock even the sleepiest player out of their somnolent state.
Should I be looking to report this behavior? (Part 2)
You should call the director. And you should fill out a recorder slip. You can do so online if this occurred in ACBL land.
How would you rule?
Agreed this should be unanimous for 4 x
delayed XX runout showing a 3-suiter alertable ?
when running from 1nt x I alert all bids. I generally play xx forces 2. If 2 is doubled and redoubled I alert and answer if asked 3 suited or partner may just be desperate
Appeal from Kansas City
Agreed David. What it means is that what should be a matter of law becomes a matter of the judgement of the director that happens to come to the table when you call. Complaints about this fall on deaf ears.
NICKELL Wins Vanderbilt
how should I defend?
Partner's hesitation made it clear that he has at least 2, but so did declarer's play of a low heart. That the information is authorized, and you can defend accordingly

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