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Matthew Kidd
Matthew Kidd
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 10, 2013
Last Seen
Oct. 19
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

ACBLmerge, ACBLgamedump, Payoff Matrix, and Lead Solver developer

La Jolla unit (526) webmaster and vice-president (former president 2012-2018)

Photographer / Photoshopper (over 2800 player thumbnails created)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Winning a two session regional open pairs event partnering with a smart NLM (winning made him a LM)
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
Bridge Winners was 20+ years in the future but we had the Internet Newsgroup [url=][/url]. Like all the newsgroups it was plaintext. You needed both internet access, probably through a university, and an administrator who had setup a newsgroup feeds ...
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
In the Mountain West most pairs were still playing Standard American, often with a 16-18 1NT. The better players were carrying around Max Hardy’s original 2/1 book (yellow cover). Beginners were still being taught Standard American. Natural overcalls of 1NT were somewhat common. Cappalletti was the usual convention ...
D22 Orange Co Regional Review
The poke bowls at Uroko Cafe are good. Heat wave notwithstanding, it's only half a block from the host hotel. I was happy to toss my $2 hotel food "coupon" in the trash. Only one other pair made it this far though, poked their heads in, and took a ...
What software tells of play techniques?
Another fun project but one that will earn little or no money so we will have to wait until someone works up the enthusiasm for it. Bo Haglund (with significant contributions from Soren Hein in recent years), has written a really great open source double dummy solver, and one that ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
I picked up [i]Detecting Cheating in Bridge[/i] at the Las Vegas NABC and finished it yesterday. First, congratulations to Nic simply for compiling such a comprehensive database for the analysis. People who don't do this kind of work don't understand the effort to create the first ...
What killed American Bridge--a Poll from the Year 2040.
Great book and very comprehensive. [i]Bowling Alone[/i] was published in 2000. I've long wondered what another 20 years of data would look like, though judging by current politics I'm guessing a lot of bad trend lines continued in the same direction.
Matthew Kidd's bidding problem: x KQJ8xx --- J9xxxx
For anyone curious, on the actual hand 5 would have been the winning action, both because 5 makes on the nose and would almost certainly shut out LHO. Given the weak clubs, this call was my first instinct and would have been my choice at matchpoints. But at ...
Grassroots Participation in ACBL Elections
Unit [i]officers[/i] (not all unit board members) can download a membership roster for their unit. Until some time in 2016, unit officers could download any unit's membership roster, which was handy in the San Diego area where they are five local units and quite a bit of ...
Bridge in the Big Apple
I had worked it out as 0.44 years / year back in 2016 based on the period 2009-2015 using stats drawn from the QUIP reports that the ACBL sends unit officers. These reports shows stats for unit, the unit's district, and the ACBL as a whole. I had posted ...
Geir Helgemo reaches front page of reddit
Curiously I first saw the news on Reddit too. Bridge might as well be something from the last millennium for that group so Reddit made fun of the situation in the usual Reddit manner. But still I couldn't help but laugh at the comment of /u/tapiocatapioca: [b]ESPN ...
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