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Joshua Donn
Joshua Donn
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 3, 2010
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I love bridge, but my daughter ranks higher. A year and a half old, and she already knows every letter in the alphabet and can count to 14. Sometimes she skips 4 or 5 but we are working on it.


I nearly flunked out of college playing so much, won a few things, left my job to play professionally, and haven't looked back. Even my family has mostly come on board. I also do some work for BBO.


I like kibitzing and talking about hands with great players. When I do l, I always try to learn something.


Check out the book at the link below! More to come.

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the Blue Ribbon Pairs with Clee!
Bridge Accomplishments
World Junior Team champion 2006, 3x NABC champion
Regular Bridge Partners
Roger Lee, Sally Meckstroth, Drew Casen, Sheri Winestock, Barbara Kasle, Brenda Jacobus, many others.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Las Vegas Bridge World
Favorite Tournaments
Pretty much all as long as I am playing
Favorite Conventions
Support doubles, 5NT pick-a-slam, weak 2 bid in diamonds
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: xx x Axxx Qxxxxx
Usually 3 I believe, but not as specified. I think 0-5 hands can occasionally stretch to bid 3 but otherwise it is much better to leave those hands without an easy bid.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: xx x Axxx Qxxxxx
Isn't this unplayable without another bid to show a single/mixed raise? You can raise diamonds showing 0-5 or 10+ but not 6-9.
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: --- KQ AKQ52 KQJ865
I have to bid rather than defend, since an ace is pretty much slam. Double is out with a spade void. Notrump is out with a spade void. 5 is possible, but it's too easy to miss slam. 3 is often the solution on this kind of ...
Full Disclosure ?
This is definitely alertable (and I see it alerted regularly). I assume by "weak" you mean less than constructive. The opponents should know during the auction that you are capped at 7 not at 10.
What is a Bloomer?
I believe 2 is definitely ok on 4045 and 4054, and debatable on 4144. You can't start adding all kinds of random shapes to cater to partner being 0-6 in the minors or it will be too hard to figure out where you belong on all kinds of ...
Reducing the Manipulation Factor in Robot Individuals
Get those damn 80% players off my lawn! I will not give their baseball back.
What is a Bloomer?
I do not think 2 would be a bluhmer. It is descriptive, maximum, maybe no fit, doesn't want to bid notrump. xxx Axxxx Ax Jxx.
What is a Bloomer?
Something like, a jump in a suit where partner is known to be short and you can't be wanting to play in to show a great hand in support of the last bid suit. 1 1 1 1N 2 3 Opener is short in ...
Nice defence! (Oh to be young again...)
Very well done of course. But... I think declarer is supposed to often get this right. The auction SCREAMS for a diamond lead, and any expert north would know to underlead the diamond ace. If north had the 10 but not the A, he would often (usually?) lead the ten ...
Namyats and related alerts
I always thought of the 4M opening bids not changing when you play Namyats, that the 4m openings were for hands that had always been too good for 4M. If that's true then there is no need to alert the 4M openings whose meaning hasn't changed. But if ...

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