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Mike Becker
Mike Becker
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 24, 2010
Last Seen
Oct. 12
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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The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
1968 Spring National in Cleveland. I am playing with my dad in the Vandy quarterfinal against Stayman-Mitchell, and blow a 35 IMP lead at the half. About 2:00 a.m., Vic, B. Jay and I walk half a mile in the bitter cold to a diner and go over ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Bob Hamman-Bobby Wolff, Peter Weichsel-Alan Sontag, and Ron Rubin and I played in the 1983 Bermuda Bowl final against Italy. Ron and I played two segments against Belladonna and Garozzo. There were screens, but no trays. The bids were made using bidding cards. A monitor, Dennis Howard I think, called ...
In The Well: David Berkowitz
About 30 years ago, David and I played together in a NY regional pair game. I was, and still am known as a master of the 55% game. I make few errors but don't step out enough; my opponents play well against me. We played my way the first ...
2019 Conditions of Contest
I gave up reading the CoCs a few years ago, but appreciate those who do. Jan does such a good job that the rest of us are usually irrelevant. Good catch!
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)

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