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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Member Since
March 16, 2011
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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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Steve Chen's bidding problem: 32 5 Q85 KJT9754
Facing a passed partner, I see no need to give them 2 extra levels of bidding room on a hand where they might be sniffing at slam.
Tom Edwards's bidding problem: K6 85 A8642 AQ64
A good agreement everyone should play is that when there’s only one bid available for stopper investigation like this it should ask for a stopper in the unbid major. The major is more likely to be unstopped since here partner woulda bid 2 with 4.
Minimum for 2S
Don't think anyone has explicitly stated what I think to be the guiding factor for this decision. I think the line here depends on how much you think partner needs to have to make a reopening X without extra shape. You want to compete to at least 2S when ...
Mike Gill's lead problem: KJxxx Ax Kxx Txx
No, you don't have any special agreements like that.
Mike Gill's lead problem: KJxxx Ax Kxx Txx
You can assume that it's not 18-19 balanced, but no agreements beyond that.
Todd Holes's bidding problem: 96 AQ AKT9 AKJT5
I would have opened 2 and rebid 2NT
FP situation? If not who should bid 5?
I agree it's normal to bid 4 with 6-5 you're worth another call, but some 6-5 hands worth a bid are doubling 4 - maybe the most defensive 10%? Partner is going to pull with 3 spades unless he has defense and missing a 6-2 isn't ...
FP situation? If not who should bid 5?
Haven't we sort of already implied a void (or at least a lot of extra offense) with 4 instead of doubling over 4. I think partner will often pass the double (and I think it's completely clear here to pass even with 3-4 in partner's ...
FP situation? If not who should bid 5?
Wouldn't you bid 4 with this hand if the spades were KQJT instead of AKQ? That hand feels like a non-forcing pass to me so it seems like this hand with an extra offensive and defensive trick has to at least double.
Eric Hamilton's bidding problem: QJ3 QJ5 Q986 AQJ
If were playing bridge I think the downgrade has a lot more merit, but we seem to be playing all white matchpoints instead.
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