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Michael Hargreaves
Michael Hargreaves
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Member Since
Sept. 5, 2013
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about me

Canadian player living in Victoria, B.C. Back playing after 4+ years not playing. 3 time Canadian Open Team champion.

 

As declarer, have gone down 12 undoubled tricks in a slam, and 10 undoubled at the 4-level: clearly i could have either bid or played the hands differently.

Country
Canada

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
The first time we won the Canadian team trials...as a 4 player team....profoundly tired....and then the feeling that spread thru my body after we finished comparing scores on the last segment.
Bridge Accomplishments
3 canadian team championship titles
Regular Bridge Partners
michael roche
Member of Bridge Club(s)
none
Favorite Tournaments
used to be the CNTC event.
Favorite Conventions
2/1 with relay, but nobody plays it:)
BBO Username
mikeh
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Your opinion on partner's opening bid Gatlinburg KO.
I would pass as dealer, and open as dealer if I had the majors. Obviously when I pass I intend to bid later and can expect, if partner passes at his turn, to be able to show marked minor shape and less than opening values. I may be naïve but ...
Your opinion on partner's opening bid Gatlinburg KO.
I doubt that the post-mortem was any less ungracious than the disgusting and unsolicited private email MW sent me: if it were, then I'd expect his partner to have quit then and there. I have no idea who this guy is, but now have insight into his personality, and ...
RHO open 1NT, you have 2524 and 15 points
I play DONT with partners who 'don't' know anything better, multi-landy with one regular partner and Molson with several less frequent partners, and I would pass if not playing Molson. Molson allows me to bid 2 to show a 5+ major and at least 4 clubs, so I ...
What Is Partner Saying to You?
'Other', since the options don't quite capture my thinking. It shows a strong preference for the lead and at the same time permits/suggests that partner can compete if he or she has a fit and some shape.
Finish this sentence
why is the Queen better? It often is when leading from AQx against notrump but I have trouble seeing why it would be on this hand. Normally one is trying to persuade declarer to not hold up, but if we find the cards we are hoping for, the holdup isn ...
Finish this sentence
optimistic but rational explanation? Things seem to be lying well, in terms of shape, for declarer. Our hcp are in a short suit, which generally devalues them...unless they are in partner's long suit, in which case it behooves us to get that suit underway before partner's entry ...
Competing against mini-NT
I played 10-12 for many years, including at very high levels of the game. We occasionally had bad results, but on the whole did quite well when it came up. We dropped it towards the end of our partnership, and I have not suggested playing it to subsequent partners because ...
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
The problem with bidding 2 is that partner, with a decent 9 or 10 count, and 5=3=2=3 and unwilling or unable to bid 2N is supposed to make the false preference to 2D to cater to your having, say, 1=3=5=4 17 count. 2C ...
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
I don't think that this is an invitational hand. I assume that partner was permitted to raise with 3 chunky spades and a side doubleton, so he likely won't have the perfecto I need. To me the issue is choosing between 1N and 2. As for passing ...
You be the commentator
As commentator, I would have seen all the hands. I would thus likely have been able to see 'the' or 'a' winning line, assuming that one exists. I could then demonstrate my ability to see such a line, while commenting that of course, this is easy to see when we ...
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