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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 16, 2011
Last Seen
9 minutes 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 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, Semifinal Q2
Not sure - unfortunately the vugraph archive for this quarter was somehow overwritten by the first quarter so both quarters show up as the same boards.
Mike Gill's bidding problem: xx KQJ9x Kxx KTx
* This was not in Precision, though I think this is a normal minimum opener unless maybe you're playing EHAA * I think 2 would survive partner's 2245 13 since he should raise 3 to 4. The bigger worry is a 2245 18 where he thinks we have ...
Mike Gill's bidding problem: xx KQJ9x Kxx KTx
I happen to prefer this style, particularly in an unfamiliar partnership, because I think it really simplifies a lot of sequences that would otherwise require lots of experience/judgment/artificiality to sort out. I could certainly be convinced that a top-level partnership with lots of experience sorting out major suit ...
Road to the GNT Final Four, Semifinal Q1
Thanks, glad you're enjoying. I wonder what the difference ought to be between those sequences. Certainly partner could bid 5NT with + planning to correct 6 to 6, or with just spades looking to choose between 6 and 6NT. I agree that 4 then ...
Road to the GNT Final Four, Semifinal Q1
Road to the GNT Final Four, Semifinal Q1
I think the squeeze line is interesting, and I will admit to not giving it much consideration at the table, since it requires the finesse. I'm not 100% on exactly the right way to do vacant spaces but giving West 6 known cards and East only 1 feel wrong ...
Road to the GNT Final Four, Semifinal Q1
Nevermind, this works the same as 4-2 if you play for the drop.
Road to the GNT Final Four, Semifinal Q1
I mean everyone makes mistakes and I'm the first to admit I usually give my opponents too much credit, but a) my opponent was Meckstroth and b) it's seems really farfetched that he would need to cover? Am I really trying a Chinese finesse at Trick 3 in ...
How do you play this at IMPs
I should also say I'm pretty confident I wouldn't have thought of this at the table, and it's pretty crazy. I think it's only in the running since everything else seems so unlikely to work.
How do you play this at IMPs
I think the main possible gain is when the suit is 3-3. Can West really be sure that I have a singleton after seeing his partner's 2? What if I needed 3 club tricks and held Jxx? I happen not to think Kxx AKQJxx K Jxx is quite a ...

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