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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 16, 2011
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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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An Odd Duck
Oh, nice. I did notice this morning when I checked this that they were all available to me - there's still a note saying that it costs money though. I wasn't sure if I still had some sort of hold-over since I purchased almost all of them many moons ...
1NT-4!s: What is “expert standard” (if anything)?
Agree, this is actually exactly what Noble and I play. I think if you're playing Puppet then this is a substantial improvement but if not then 4 minors invite makes more sense. I think it works even better with 2NT puppet since you can use 1N 2N 3 ...
1NT-4!s: What is “expert standard” (if anything)?
If you're playing 2 as size as or clubs as seems to be standard now, you don't need this as you can already distinguish between light and heavy 6N invites. As such I like 4-4 minors inv to 6m but not 6N
Serious or Non-Serious 3NT?
Right, if you're bidding non-serious on all but your very worst hands then the chances of information sinking your game go WAY up.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: A85 932 K AKJ874
For better or worse I would have bid 3NT
Samuel Pahk's bidding problem: T962 A4 A AK8763
Why can't partner bid a grand after 6? Doesn't it imply 0/2 minor suit first round controls. If he's staring at the AKQ he's going to know it's 2.
New Suit by Responder in Comp Strength
I dunno that "showing nothing" is really the right description but it certainly doesn't show anything extra beyond what 1 already showed
Invitations and Acceptances
I like invite light accept heavy at IMPs. That means you just bid game on your heavy invites. This gets you to game with light invites opposite a real max and gets you to game with a heavy invite opposite a min. At IMPs that's probably not a huge ...
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: 87 AKQ84 AQJ54 6
Our hand could be so much worse so don't we owe partner at least *some* sign of life?
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AJ863 A43 76 QJ6
Over 3 yes, but definitely not over 2. Would be pretty silly to miss spades opposite 3-card support, right?

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