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Jim Olson
Jim Olson
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 14, 2011
Last Seen
Dec. 14
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired Scientist and active bridge student. Avid Bridge World reader and Master Solvers' Club participant. Interested in the use and misuse of bridge simulations...

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making 3NT vs Meckwell with 19 balanced opposite 4 balanced.
Bridge Accomplishments
Summer NABC Semifinalist GNT Flt B; a few Platinum points; several MSC problems accepted; and, long ago, a 1st round upset win in the Spingold.
Regular Bridge Partners
Dave, Ellen, Jim, Sarah, Bill, Bess
Member of Bridge Club(s)
BBO, KVBA, Easy Aces
Favorite Tournaments
NABCs, MABC July 4th Regional, Gatlinburg, Charlottesville Sectional
Favorite Conventions
Weak NT, Kickback, Italian cue bids, 2/1 GF except after suit rebid, 1969 Precision
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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BW 2/1: Opener's 2M Rebid
2M "always guarantees 6+" but with an awkward hand that I am willing to play 4M with doubleton support, I will rebid 2M with five.
Bridge is Sixty Percent Bidding?
Edgar Kaplan's view was that bidding is more important than play and defense at all levels; from the club level to the world championships...
Jim Olson's bidding problem: T42 A9 2 KJ87532
True, but at matchpoints do you want to play 3 instead of 3...
1M-1 forcing NT (Minimum expected values) (2 of 2)
I understand the distinction you describe. However, what if the partnership agreement is that you >>>always<<< respond 1NT with 0 HCP and no support for the opening major to say, steal the hand - how is this agreement described to the opponents...? Or is it "just bridge."
1M-1 forcing NT (Minimum expected values) (2 of 2)
If 1 and 1 are never passed, aren't they, in effect, "forcing"...?
1M-1 forcing NT (Minimum expected values) (2 of 2)
"8. 0 HCP and no support for my major." If this is the case, should 1 and 1 be listed as forcing openings...?
Polling Strength of 1m - 3N
12-15 A balanced 12 vs a balanced 12 usually has a play for game - the question is: does partner open 1 or 1 with a balanced 11...?
1M - 1NT - 3NT. What is your treatment for that rare bid?
Hmmmm - as opposed to a slow and clean simulation...
1M - 1NT - 3NT. What is your treatment for that rare bid?
What is "a Q&D simulation?"
Jim Olson's lead problem: KJ74 3 J9762 853
No Puppet over 1NT.

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