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Mel Colchamiro
Mel Colchamiro
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 24, 2011
Last Seen
Jan. 31, 2012
Member Type
Bridge Writer
about me
Professional teacher, player, writer, author of best-selling "How You Can Play Bridge Like an Expert(without having to be one)"[available at and] and of ACBL Bulletin column "Claim With Colchamiro." ACBL Bulletin panelist "It's Your Call." Full time bridge teacher in NYC area. Proud 80% game winner in Nov. 2009--42% in afternoon, 38% at night!

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing in Team Trials
Bridge Accomplishments
1 National event victory; 7 times 2nd or 3rd.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Franklin Bridge Centre, Franklin Square LI NY
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
TYFT convention--"Take Your F-in' tricks"
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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2/1-Two Ways to Support
I'm not totally sure that the premise that all hands with 4 trump start with 2NT(or splinter)is a valid one. With Kxxx, Jx, Ax, KQxxx it seems to me that the correct approach is to respond 2C aftere 1S and after 2 red suit, jump to 3S--showing ...
Should I respond 2 Clubs or 1 Spade?
I would always respond 2C to gain the 2/1 beneifts of raising hearts next. Would prefer that clubs were better, but.... I have tried this with much success on these hand types. I first learned this technique many years ago from old time New York player Ronnie Blau, one ...
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