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Mike Lipkin
Mike Lipkin
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Member Since
Feb. 11, 2013
Last Seen
Oct. 19
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

currently playing pro after retiring from of several bridge world articles and one book: "Invitation to Annihilation". no national championships but 100+ regional firsts or seconds.  Photo is from a trip to the fabulous Iceland (BTW: "Icemachine" runs a great club in Reykjavik). Resist the Orange Abomination.

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
mike radin; david gurvich; alex perlin
Favorite Tournaments
saratoga; montreal
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Bid-a-Lot Precision
When I used to play modified Beta with Jesus Arias and others 15 years ago, 1 and 1 were 4 or 5 card suits canape if we had a longer minor and 8-12 points. Our 1 was 13+ and the system played very well and was GCC.
Methods when last train is doubled
Thank you KIT. One question for you is that you lumped in RKC with suits that get doubled. I assume that your description above is a bit different if the artificial asking bid is 4NT... did you imply in your answer D0P1 in that case?
common game monday
Very pretty Barry. For readers wishing to look this hand up, it is hand 5 from the Monday afternoon common game. There was another gem in the same set of boards; hand number 18 was typically played by East in three no-Trump, making 7 after the lead of the ...
ACBL Nationals Start times
Christina Madsen's suggestion of 11 am and 4 pm sounds wonderful to me, but I am thinking as a full-time attendee (I voted for 10:30 and 3:30). It seems certain that local, commuting, attendees would be severely inconvenienced by such a schedule as it would lock up ...
ACBL Nationals Start times
Many years ago I made an admittedly snarky comment about start times. For the cities with vibrant night-life, you know which ones those are, but say NYC, Chicago, Montreal, opt for the early schedule; else the traditional one. Unlike that original comment, I will not give an illustration of a ...
Bermuda Bowl RR20: USA2 vs SWEDEN
thanks. two really interesting boards from this match were Board 22, where a ruffing squeeze allowed ten tricks to be made at one table and was missed at the other leading to a game swing, and a 6 contract that was missed when Pepsi did not show 2 KC ...
Roth Swiss Day Two: PEPSI Still Leading
I have no axe to grind. But I am curious what the general view of the community is about allowing day two drop-ins. Any comments?
The Worst Convention Ever
David Gurvich and I play "Cincinnati carding" in which 3-card holdings are disambiguated as follows: xxx, lead high; 9xx, txx, jxx, lead mud; Hxx lead third. This is possible in conjunction with low from 2 little. We have had pretty clear defensive understanding. The leads are due to Jerry Fink ...
some thoughts on a suit combination
Agree. Often I will do that, but your point is very good.
some thoughts on a suit combination
I was playing with a student against an expert. Knowing (with high likelihood) that he would be unlikely to duck, I did go up K. Unfortunately my opponent was an expert and he dropped partner's Q on the next round!

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