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Jeff Ford
Jeff Ford
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Member Since
Jan. 8, 2011
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me


I helped write the new ACBL Convention Charts and now I'm working on updating the alert procedure. I've been on the ACBL Competitions and Conventions Committee since 2014. So basically I'm a rules nerd, and I'm happy to get any comments you have on possible improvements.

I learned to play bridge in grad school. Our department offered us free donuts once a week with the caveat that we had to stay in the common area while we consumed them. Someone taught us bridge as an activity to do while we ate the donuts (because unstructured socializing would have been just terrible) and I got hooked.

I still work full-time so bridge has to fit around that, but I usually manage to get to at least two of the three NABCs.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
+1800 for only a 90% board
Regular Bridge Partners
Kim Eng, Chris Gibson, Ray Miller
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Found out something this weekend that I did not know (and perhaps some of you may not either?)
I helped write the new convention charts, and I also co-own a club albeit a small one.
Found out something this weekend that I did not know (and perhaps some of you may not either?)
If you are playing an ACBL event that allows opening 1NT with a small singleton, then you are certainly allowed to have methods to look for the singleton.
Director Ruling, Good, Bad or Ugly
I'm fairly confident playing double as takeout of clubs in the ACBL would not require an alert. It would have to be considered "highly unusual" to do so and I don't think it meets that standard.
New suit forcing after overcall or not?
How does playing Rubens advances affect the forcing/non-forcing nature of suits below the cue bid?
Does Meckwell ever sleep on the couch?
After 1 - 1 - 1NT with 12+ do you bid 2N with both clubs and balanced hands? If so how do you untangle it?
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: Q97653 2 T84 J98
I passed, but it wouldn't surprise me if we have 10 tricks. Depends a lot how much partner has wasted in hearts.
That Moment When you realise the ACBL has no idea
Maybe it's supposed to take so long to look at the travelers and talk about all the scores there that you only have time for 12 rounds.
Have you ever discussed this?
I don't think you'll play bridge long enough to get to "next time".
Jeff Ford's bidding problem: Q53 QT852 A2 976
3rd seat opener + Drury bid definitely doesn't establish a forcing pass for my partnerships.
Rating Study from ACBL Tournaments
If the quality of the field is baked in, then why remove Senior / NLM / etc. games from the calculations?

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