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Larry Lowell
Larry Lowell
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 21, 2010
Last Seen
59 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired Chemical Engineer.


I have most system books in English.


2017: Looking for Strong Club partnership, District 7, TN, GA, NC, SC, VA

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing in the Vanderbilt 2002 in Houston and meeting Kathi Wei. Standing in front of Benito Garozzo in Chicago (2015).
Bridge Accomplishments
NAOP-C Winner TX 1998, Winning 3 KOs @ Atlanta Regional 2005, 89 GMP; 1st in Educational Pairs - Virginia Beach 2010 Regional, 67%; ACBL Goodwill Award, Unit 165, 2014. Winning 2015 Knoxville Summer Sectional with 41 SMP.
Regular Bridge Partners
Dwayne Hoffman - Keylime BLM, Robin Kell GLM, Robert Levedsque SLM, Charlotte Rueschenberg DLM
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Knoxville Area Bridge Clubs (Director of Thur AM), Oak Ridge Bridge Association (Teacher)
Favorite Tournaments
Gatlinburg, TN Regional
Favorite Conventions
Strong Club and Canape with 4-cd Majors, 2016: Mosca Club with canape.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
Mosca Strong Club
Strong Club with Canape
Copy to my cards View/Print
Copy of Precision - Lowell/Donner
Precision Club - with transfers
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Copy of Larry and Steve
Mosca Club, Canape
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A 'Litmus' test of a Bidding System
Yes, in an old Strong System opener's Jump Rebis after a positive response was a Beta for Controls (A + K). A later bid in trumps under game was TAB, Trump Honor Asking Bid. Still my favorite approach.
A 'Litmus' test of a Bidding System
Old school, open 5 asking for 6 with A or K. (Edit: Yes, others open 5 pre-emptively.) We have modified Schenken 2 ask for Aces into our Strong Club System and rebiding 2 after opening 1 is a Beta for As and Ks.
Advancer’s positive transfers
Yes, we played 2 for a short time as the negative response, but the doubler had problems when he had long s in a non-notrump hand. We also had problems with a double of an opening 1 by the opponents. In that case, we had two negatives, like ...
Advancer’s positive transfers
Interesting. We have solved this problem by playing Herbert Negatives: 1NT = 0-5 hcp. After a takeout double, we rarely want to play in NT. Thus, bids at the 2-level are natural and 6-8 hcp. Jumps are 5-cd suits and 9-10 hcp.
Questions about 1N-2!s Range Ask
Keri over NT has a complete system: 1) No 2) Transfer to 3 3) 4441 with singleton in minor (or 1-under) 4) 1NT - 2 - 3 - 3// slam try in that suit
Using Precision but with 2C = 16 points
Yes, in some of my non-Precision partnerships we play maxi-Roman 2 opening: 17+ hcp and any 4441 hand with the singleton not being an A or K. For the more adventuresome, add in strong hands also into the 2 structure since Strong hands are hard to ...
One player has the correct hand. Ruling...
Good ruling and directing.
One player has the correct hand. Ruling...
And nobody noticed a hand was still in the board? The director cancels the first board, that was not bid, and decides if the 2nd board can be bid and played with the 4 correct hands. NP in ACBL score and there is no penalty. Everyone was at fault.
Using Precision but with 2C = 16 points
There are theoretical reasons for opening 1 with more than 15 hcp playing Precision as it is hard to bid strong hands after opening 1. Likewise, opening 2 could be non-forcing with long clubs and 16-17 hcp. The American forcing Minor, 1995, was such a system ...
Two Over One - three bids that rarely occur. Is this a better use?
I have been playing 2 Artificial Game Force (alertable) in response to 1 or 1 for over 5 years in several partnerships. 2 and 2 responses to 1M are natural, but not forcing (8-11, alertable). Opener with extra strength or length can bid again, G ...

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