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Mike Becker
Mike Becker
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 24, 2010
Last Seen
Aug. 13
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Listening to Star Spangled Banner on podium after Bermuda Bowl win in 1983
Bridge Accomplishments
ACBL Hall of Fame and all that goes with it
Regular Bridge Partners
Aubrey Strul, Warren Spector
Favorite Tournaments
Vanderbilt and Spingold
Favorite Conventions
X of STR NT shows S+another; 2C=C+H, 2D=D+H
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
Here's a story about the sharing of bridge columns among bridge writers in the olden days. My father, B. Jay Becker, wrote the bridge column for King Features Syndicate from 1956 until his death in 1987. He took it over from Eli and Josephine Culbertson. I don't remember ...
Nickell vs. Lall - Last Board
What if, in the 6-card ending, Jeff has the diamond Q, heart Q and Qxxx in clubs and Eric has three diamonds, 2 hearts and a club? Declarer may think Jeff was squeezed but he was not. Jeff would be forced to pitch a club from Qxxx on the last ...
Pop History: The Savage World of Big Bridge (Life Magazine, March 18, 1957)
No Cuba Tournament was held. The descriptions of the players are spot on!
Report on Sequestering Vote
The theory is that sequestering is necessary to avoid dumping or the appearance of dumping. It could be to the advantage of a team or teams assured of qualifying to dump to a "poor" team or teams on the cusp of qualifying in a effort to eliminate a good team ...
USBF conditions of contest issue
There is only one #1 team. Not one #1 team one way and a different #1 team another way. I agree with Peter that seeding rank should be determined by the PPs that a team earned to get their deep bye, if there is a deep bye. Seems pretty clear ...
Format for USA2 Round of 64
FYI - my 4-eligible-player team has earned a R16 bye, but will not use it (Aubrey and maybe others not playing)
Meckstroth Elected to Hall of Fame
Congrats to Jeff. Everyone on this ballot deserves to be in the HoF, based on comparisons of their records to the records of those who have been elected. Sorry another one or two did not get in. Unless the rules are changed, these people are unlikely to make it into ...
Withdrawal from an Open Trials team - GCOC change proposal
Hi all. Long time no type on anything. We have a rule where, if you enter a USxBC you do so with the intent of representing the U.S. if your team wins. That's not relevant here, but the spirit of it is relevant -- re: W/D in the ...
Becker Wins Reisinger
Our team qualified 5th. Top carryover was 3.81. We had 1.5 and scored 14-15.5 = 29.5 on a 27 ave to win! 31 is an incredibly low score. The last two Reisingers were won with 34 and 33.5
Official Spanish Team Statement
Back in the day, Ronnie Rubin and I played a relay system with a big club and limited openings. After many years, we evolved into psyching 1M at F.V. in 1st and 3rd position. When it happened more than occasionally, we put it on our convention card and (I ...

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