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Jim Olson
Jim Olson
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 14, 2011
Last Seen
3 hours ago
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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What is needed to freebid after takeout?
Die hard pointer: "plus 2 points for the 5th & 6th s..."
Can You Explain This Auction...?
At the other table, NS were also playing Precision. After duplicating the first three bids, they bid to game via an XYZ invitational sequence to score +430. Did they misbid the hand?
Gerry Gassman's bidding problem: KQ52 QJ97 K98 AK
16-18: how else are you going to get to 16 vs 9 or 10 3NT? Also, partner usually does not stretch to respond 1NT with 4-5 HCP as they would to bid 1 or 1...
Do people hate round robins?
In ancient times, the auction: 1NT P 3* P 4 *GF with 5+s was a cuebid in support of s...
After a Passed-Hand 2/1, III
What is "Standard"? And who defined it...?
Can Opener Pass After Reverse?
2 is non-forcing playing Ingberman over reverses (2NT forces 3 to sign off).
Surprise Shift
2000 deal simulations with EW constrained not to have freak distribution, North hand fixed from Surprise Shift, and South constrained to have 2-3 s, 2-4 s, and exactly either 15, 16, or 17 HCP balanced (5-3-3-2 the most unbalanced) gave these double-dummy results: South = 15 HCP 2NT made 1324/2000 ...
Becoming a Bridge Player
A top Science News story for 2016 was that a neural net Go program, AlphaGo, beat a world champion player four games to one. At least bridge is safe from Bots (for now)...
He Didn't Shift
If you routinely open this indifferent six-loser 15 HCP hand 1, isn't your 1 range really 15+, not 16+? Would'nt 10987 AQJ86 K109 A also be a 1 opener?

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