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Howard Sandler
Howard Sandler
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Member Since
July 6, 2012
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired college professor.  

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Scoring 800 on a set of Bridge World MSC hands and seeing my name listed on the panel of experts (January, 1981).
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Vanderbilt Bridge Club, Nashville, Tn.
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ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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UI Ruling Question
John, I know all of the participants in this drama. North and South have a detailed System Card as well as extensive notes. Chris himself is as straightforward a person as you will ever meet. I take his comments at face value. Disclosure: I know North and South very well ...
Where do you wish to play at Matchpoints, at IMPs?
I abstained because I held the West hand. My RHO opened 3, after which we had a disasterous sequence to a making slam. We did not deserve our top.
Why do these guys cheat?
Lars, At my house, the answer to that kind of question is always "early upbringing". ;-) Howard
3 Card Limit-Raise after Jump-Shift There are other discussions of this, but I couldn't find them quickly enough.
(1!C) - 2!C
Mike, It is a question of agreements. We play 2 natural over a Precision 1, but not over a "may be short" 1. Hms
Attitude, Count, or Suit Preference?
In "Defensive Signals" Miles seems to say that it should be attitude. Further, it indicates the ability to stand an aggressive lead, I.e., a spade. Count can't be that important here.
Transfer Advance into Partner's Suit: Limit or Constructive?
We play it as constructive, but the over caller can super-accept. Further, it is possible for the 2 bidder to raise 2 to 3 with a suitable hand.
Best books for defensive carding agreements?
Time Off???
Like Jim, I also checked my Masterpoint History. I earned some Silver points on 11/3/1991 and then some Red points on 8/12/2013. Even by 1991, though, I was only playing a few times a year. Why? Family, work, tired of traveling to tournaments (cost etc.), other ...
Asymmetry in Matchpoint Scoring
Imagine an 11-table game with 10 very average pairs and 1 awful pair. The awful pair scores 30%. The 10 other pairs split the rest of the matchpoints and are all above average. Edit: 11 N/S pairs. E/W pairs are irrelevant to the example.

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