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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Member Since
March 16, 2011
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18 hours ago
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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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Violet Anderson's bidding problem: AJ642 K98 KJ64 5
4 doesn’t cost nothing if partner thinks we’re just looking for a max and not a perfecta. We could have the same shape and 18. And partner can’t even bid slam with that since wouldn’t we also bid 4 with a strong hand and ...
How Hard Will You Strain to Raise
Since nobody else has said it that I noticed, I think it's important to say that the doubleton diamond is important here. Definitely if you have 4 diamonds there is no reason to push, but even with 3 I would probably pass hands 1 and 2.
Attention to Detail
In my head, every Kit's Korner column is titled "Attention to Detail"
Joe Clark's bidding problem: 5 7 KT984 Q97632
Your definition of always and mine are very different.
Is it a demand or a suggestion?
2 is so bad because you're bypassing showing the most important feature of your hand to show a bad 5-card club suit and to overbid by at least a point probably more, especially when it's pretty likely that you're not going to be able to show ...
Raphael Hallerman's bidding problem: AKQT5 KQJ6 QT52 ---
My gut reaction was 3 but it just seems like partner is just going to bid 3NT over that almost all the time and I won't be able to find out about spade support in a controlled way.
Kevin O'Dea's bidding problem: T62 A6 AKJ6 A875
Originally thought pass but isn’t slam good opposite normal minima like AKQxxx xxx x xxx with a rounded K or AQxxxx Kxx x Kxx?
ATB missed slam II
Maybe you could have chosen a better example, but bidding on is fine opposite that hand since you can stop safely in a number of places. I don't think North has safety above 3NT trying for slam opposite random 6-4 minimum hands (heck even 3NT could easily fail).
ATB missed slam II
South could have KQJxxx xx KQxx x from North's perspective so I don't see how North can do anything but pass 3N.
James Huntington's bidding problem: AK3 KQ65 KJ32 85
Isn’t partner’s range shifted up since mine is shifted down for the balancing x? Seems like partner could just have 9-10 HCP and 4s and we just have 3N on power.
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