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Mason Barge
Mason Barge
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 8, 2015
Last Seen
July 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!
BBO Username
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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Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Txxxx --- 9xxxx xxx
Lucky you. My partners stretch to bid 3.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: 963 K8762 Q7 J53
I think I actually had this hand last week. I bid 5 and they went down in their eventual contract. Doesn't make it the right bid, I know.
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: --- AJ3 AKQ852 A982
Just curious. Those who double here, what would you bid over 4? I don't like to bid "both minors" when they are 6-4, and doubly so when the long suit is also more powerful.
If 2 is an unambiguous game force, I completely agree.
Rule 1 of bidding: make sure partner understands your bid. South should bid 3NT over North's 2NT. In fact, if you play Western cue bids, South should bid 3 over 2. I need no more argument than the actual sequence. I have had an excellent partner pass ...
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: KQ2 A KT84 AKQ85
I don't want to open 2 then NT with this. 1 is very unlikely to get passed out and if it is, what game do you want to be in, if partner can't respond to 1? When I bid diamonds on the second round I ...
Jack Feagin's bidding problem: QJT98 K87654 A5 ---
Would you rather explain to your teammates why you are -800 when they are +110, or why you are -110 when they are -620? I think I just learned to open this hand 1, thanks for posting this.
Jack Feagin's bidding problem: AK3 875 764 8754
As Terence Reese would have put it, "the opponents know they are missing the AK of spades." 2NT lets you play 2NT, 3NT, or any suit at the 3 level.
Oren Kriegel's lead problem: T87543 876 5 842
Bidding 101 says dummy’s first bid suit. Why would N double if he didn’t want a spade lead? Just as a side note, re squeeze defense, you might foresee East cashing the A before running the diamonds, if partner doesn’t have it.
Jack Feagin's bidding problem: QJ43 --- AQ53 AK632
There is a lot to be said for bidding 3 initially. It’s in the opponents’ interest to jack up the bidding. I like to view Western cue bids as “convertible,” so a subsequent spade bid converts the 3 bid to a control bid, showing second-round control and ...

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