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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Member Since
March 16, 2011
Last Seen
April 23
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
Silver Life Master
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Prahalad Rajkumar's bidding problem: K764 54 3 AQJT53
Well, first off 2 followed by 2 doesn't show AQJTxx or anything like it necessarily. If partner shows a stiff club I can cool my heels and pay off to stiff K. Assuming he bids, say, 3 to deny a singleton and show a minimum, I ...
Prahalad Rajkumar's bidding problem: K764 54 3 AQJT53
So how is partner supposed to know that AQxxx AKxx xx Kx is good and AQxxx xx AKxx Kx is bad over this?
Prahalad Rajkumar's bidding problem: K764 54 3 AQJT53
This seems like a game of finding out what you need to know. I want to ask not tell, and I don't want partner to waste his time telling me about his overall shape. Standard Jacoby actually works out great here. I get to find out if partner has ...
What would you have done?
I happen to agree that both of these calls are enough within the realm of possibility that probably no action is warranted. West could have added 3 points for a 7-card suit and some more for shortness, and a conservative East might think they only have 13 points and all ...
what is this double?
If we're not bidding over 4 then we have two options for a message to send to partner. It seems clear that whichever way you want to arrange them, one means "I think maybe we should bid" and the other means "I don't think we should bid ...
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: 3 KJ54 K AQJ8763
I guess my source is experience? But I suppose pointing to Culbertson sounds way more solid! If the 7-card suit is strong then it's usually better to declare it trumps so you don't have to worry about it getting shut out. Drawing trumps and getting back to the ...
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: 3 KJ54 K AQJ8763
It seems wrong to bid 2 on some random 6322 11 count and this hand with arguably several additional tricks of playing strength. With a few exceptions, 7-4 hands don't play very well in 4-4 fits, so I don't even feel bad about burying the hearts.
Max Schireson's bidding problem: J9632 652 J3 Q82
Well, 4 "accomplishes" obstructing them better than 3. The problem is that 4 just offers them all winning options. Bidding on will probably work since things are breaking. Doubling get at least 500 and often 800.
Is this pass forcing?
Most of the time, we'd like to double 1 if partner has 4 but not if has 3?
Is this pass forcing?
I think you have to do that if you're playing pass as NF. But it's a trade-off right? You are still giving up accuracy in doubling them. Either partner passes with 3 or not, but you're either doubling their 8-fit or not doubling their 7-fit. I would ...
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