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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 16, 2011
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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 and are expecting our first child in September of 2017. In addition to bridge I enjoy entirely too many things given I'm about to be 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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Road to the GNT Final Four R16 Q4
I think the fact that the 7 was led matters a lot as well, though I didn't mention it specifically. I would lead the 2 if I had Jxx 1072 KJxxx Qx, since I don't want partner to lead the highest suit but I am ok with the ...
Is anyone to blame?
North should just bid a natural, invitational 4N over 3.
Road to the GNT Final Four R16 Q2
Was thinking about this last night - early diamond to the J loses if LHO has say KTxxx Qxx KTx Ax and RHO AJxxx xxxxx xx K, right? That seems consistent with the bidding and lead. I guess it depends on how likely you think it is that LHO leads a ...
Road to the GNT Final Four R16 Q2
Updated the text slightly. On deeper analysis, crossing in diamonds is essentially 100% safe for the contract if LHO has a singleton. Say he ruffs, plays a club to RHO and receives another ruff. Now I can ruff the club return and cash a high trump. If LHO shows out ...
Road to the GNT Final Four R16 Q2
Yes, diamond to the jack early seems slightly better. I didn't realize it at the time, but when East played the 8, my legit chances were all gone, since he couldn't really hold a tripleton 87 either. Unless he'd played the 8 as a signal from a ...
Road to the GNT Final Four R16 Q2
Thanks, fixed.
What does this bid mean?
It's totally normal to bid 5 with 3-4 in partner's suits, except maybe at matchpoints if you are planning on making a 5-level contract. So I don't think 5 really gives the opponents all that much more information than 5 does. And who said ...
What does this bid mean?
Assuming 4 is natural, our diamond trick(s) is/are unlikely to be going anywhere. I think bidding 5 is clear since partner is most likely 5-5 and why wouldn't we want to play our better fit at IMPs?
ATB - Doomed Grand
I don't like bidding 3NT either. You could definitely miss a slam, but that's what happens sometimes when they preempt? Kx and a singleton in partner's suit are slam-negative enough that I don't actually feel too bad about this bid. If I had Ax x KT9x ...
Anant Rathi's bidding problem: AK9xx Qx 8xxx Kx
I agree he needs a big hand (though your particular example is maybe not the best). I think the type of hand where partner would bid on is QJxx AKx AQJxx x. Maybe I would bid over 3 with that but I might just pass to see where partner ...

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