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Mason Barge
Mason Barge
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 8, 2015
Last Seen
Oct. 16
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Favorite bridge quote: "If I didn't make mistakes, why would I be playing with you?" (But only if partner will find it humorous.)

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my first Open Pairs at a tournament.
Bridge Accomplishments
Won the Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs my first year (2015), albeit in the lowly 50-100 bracket..
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Bridge Club of Atlanta
Favorite Tournaments
Greenville/Hilton Head Regionals
Favorite Conventions
"Keller Convention": I can't see my partner's mistakes. I can't speak to criticize my partner. If my partner criticizes me, I can't hear. I play bridge to have a good time!
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ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
Tarokh Taefi 2/1
2 over 1 (3635481 - 9079653)
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Bob Abrams
Standard 2/1
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Charlie Babcock 2/1
2 over 1 (3635481 - 9079653)
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2 over 1
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Copy of Mason Barge-Roger Quillen
2 over 1
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Yuan Shen's bidding problem: Q63 AKJ82 AK2 A5
The pre-empt worked. Partner bid under a lot of pressure. I'm going to make his life easy and bid 6. I don't want to bid 5 and see him go to 7 with a small spade or two, or 5NT and have him decide I have ...
Mason Barge's bidding problem: 75 JT98743 7 T85
In practice, I bid 2 with this hand and got a good result, but my partner chewed me out.
David Sackett's bidding problem: K92 A83 T62 Q863
This really depends on opponent's style. If they bid their 4-card majors up the line, I have to bid 2.
Kristijan šTefanec's bidding problem: K53 K875 A6 K852
You doublers deserve to find partner with Qx or Jxx of diamonds :)
Wayne Burrows's bidding problem: 6 A98753 J3 8432
This needs a computer analysis. My guess is that 4 makes more than half the time. Although if it's late in the match and I'm having a good game, I'd pass, assuming this is a club game. Bid with the field, doncha' know?
Sasha Cooper's bidding problem: 876 2 KQ954 AK93
Not passing with 3 quick tricks and a singleton heart.
ACBL selling points in many ways REACH the ultimate selling of the Gold
Jack, I'm 100% on your side. I sent a letter to the ACBL (which they published in the Bulletin!) when they first announced REACH. It's nonsense. They complain on the one hand that attendance at regionals is declining, then they pull this stunt.
I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore
To get any relief, you would have to assume that, without the UI, the pair would bid a slam off two keycards. I do not see a contract reached by "rational bidding" here other than 4 or 5. A poll would be a waste of time.
Asking the Opponents to Stop Alerting
I am no expert at the rules. But was there not just an article in the ACBL monthly bulletin that said a pair cannot accede to a request not to alert and, furthermore, that a director cannot legally instruct or even permit them to stop alerting?
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
Lucky you. My partners stretch to bid 3.

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