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Mark Kinzer
Mark Kinzer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 8, 2012
Last Seen
Jan. 18
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a Milwaukee area bridge player and occasional author.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Finishing 2nd in the nation in the Intercollegiate championships (1979)
Bridge Accomplishments
Published in Bridge World, Brewer Bridge, Bridgewinners
Regular Bridge Partners
Bob Marheine, Kerry Smith
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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The Language of Bridge by Kit Woolsey
Two of my favorite bridge books ever are Kit's "Matchpoints" and "Partnership Defense in Bridge". I expect this book to be equally well written.
The Cowboy and the Lady
There are lots of us bridge playing actuaries hanging around!
The unwitting accomplice in the split stake corners scam
Sounds like the plot in one of the chapters of Alan Sontag's excellent book "The Bridge Bum" (Morrow, 1977).
Open DC Discussion Thread
I just got back from Washington yesterday. My favorite restaurant there was named Open City, on the corner of Calvert & 24th - a very short walk from the Marriott. Second favorite was the Italian place right around the corner on Connecticut, but VERY slow service.
Mark Kinzer's bidding problem: 3 AQT84 A93 J874
I pulled to 3C. It turns out that RHO was well stacked in clubs, but a scrambling crossruff worked out. Next time I'll pass.
What do you play 2NT-3!S?
I play the methods first outlined in Al Roth's book, Picture Bidding. 3S is a relay to 3NT, as described above (one or both minors, or to play). 2NT - 3NT shows K or Q sixth of either minor, and nothing else. The goal is to play 3NT when opener ...
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Why Not 1340 Roman Keycard Blackwood?
1342 (or is that 1331?) is a possibility if played at a lower level. In fact, Phil Warden's Precise Neo Roman (PNR) system, which combines a strong club with canape openers, has for years used 2NT as a Key Card raise, with the following response structure: 3C = 1 KC ...
Director, that's not our understanding!
[Tongue in cheek] Maybe these calls would be more acceptable if you gave the method a catchy name. [/Tongue in cheek] Bob Sundby's book "Breakthrough in Bridge" called these bids a "Hasty Heart" and a "Speedy Spade".
Humorous Bridge Happenings You’ve Experienced
Back in the 1970's a pair of young guns were experimenting with a strong pass system at the local club in Madison WI. One of the veterans of the club, named Emerson Stanley, heard RHO "open" with pass, duly alerted. Emerson announced "Double". Director! Emerson still fumed why he ...

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