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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Member Since
March 16, 2011
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about me

I'm a recovering astrophysicist originally from Boring, MD (yes, really) who now works doing programming and math. My wonderful wife and I now live in Columbia, MD with our son Trevor, who was born in September 2017. He's adorable and wonderful but so far he's terrible at bridge! In addition to bridge I enjoy entirely too many things given I'm a parent: running, sports, poker, barbu, board games, puzzles of various kinds, piano, cooking and eating (who enjoys cooking but doesn't love eating?!).

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
USA II (Junior) in 2006, 2nd in 2017 NAP, missed the 2017 Open GNT final by an IMP
Regular Bridge Partners
Noble Shore
BBO Username
mike gill
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Sven Pride's lead problem: K97532 J742 74 8
To have the keycard bid, RHO must have clubs headed by the AK, two outside keycards and presumably a singleton in the other suit. Our best hope seems to be to knock out the side suit entry to the clubs and hope that either a) clubs are 4-1 and declarer ...
Cynthia Huang's bidding problem: 2 Q4 AQT53 AJ852
I think it's clear to pass 1. We rate to go plus against 1 (and maybe plus a lot) and it's unlikely we have a game because partner couldn't find a bid with what looks like short clubs and/or major suit length.
Matchpoint Strategy
Pretty sure both Chris and I were talking about the position actually shown by the OP. Irrespective of whether the line chosen was correct or not, at that point it's 100% to run diamonds since you've already pitched a spade and we are only talking about whether to ...
Matchpoint Strategy
You can safely pitch a club and a spade right?
1min - 1!S - 1NT - 2!H playing reverse Flannery and XY NT
We play this as natural and GF. This makes 2 auctions a good bit better because opener can bid 2 to deny 3-support, which leaves responder a natural 2 and natural 2NT to probe for other contracts. Since we also rebid 1NT systemically with a singleton spade ...
Trick one play
Maybe I'm out on a limb here, but I would double at matchpoints on A1098x if I had no outside cards. You might be about to defend 4 and you hate 2 of partner's 3 leads. Now at IMPs the odds change a bit since any tricks ...
Please rank these choices
I'm also a fan of 2/1 denies 4-card support. Just such a huge difference in evaluation for slam between 3 and 4 card support. If you have a long suit, it means you can take a ruff and still expect to draw trumps ending in dummy. If you ...
Trick 2 Defense
Isn't it more likely partner is 2425 with the same high cards? Arguably either hand could have balanced but I would think it more clear with a 6-card suit. If there's no possible 2nd heart trick coming then our only chance is K. I didn't really consider ...
Trick 2 Defense
Need to force declarer to open up the club overruff to lead spades through me, so K.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: T73 QJ2 JT3 T754
I would have passed 2NT
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