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Mike Richey
Mike Richey
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 5, 2013
Last Seen
36 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Getting clobbered by Katz, Jacobs, and the Italians in the 2002 Spingold.
Bridge Accomplishments
Third in flight B NAP in 2010. Played in third day of LM Pairs in 2002. Beat a 21-seed and a 38-seed in half-day Spingold matches. Wrote an article published in "The Bridge World" in Feb 2006.
Regular Bridge Partners
Clyde Kruskal, Lloyd Rawley, Ron Zucker
Favorite Conventions
forcing club with transfer responses; 2D natural and weak (5-baggers OK NV); variation of Meckwell over 1NT where 2m shows 4+m with 5M and dbl shows majors or 4M with 5+m instead of m
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Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: AKT986 QT8 T875 ---
I'm vul - it's OK to have a max sometimes. I don't know what I'd do NV. In 2nd chair it's important for your preempts to be consistent with whatever style you play, less wide-ranging than other seats.
Lead-Directing Double?
I was the 4N bidder and I had to decide whether to run to 5 after the double with xx / AKx / Txxxx / xxx. I passed because I wasn't convinced 5 would make either. Turned out my opponents were on the same page as each other - preempter was ...
Doubt on "Following the law", by Larry Cohen
"Eight never, nine ever" is just shorthand approximation for how the law really works. Henry has it right, unless the partner of the singleton holder has KQTx and wants to nail them. While my understanding is that most people think that the person who has the shortness should take the ...
Department of Large Penalties
Not the biggest set, but an unusual one. In the Spingold a well-known expert at favorable overcalled my big 1 opener with 1 holding KJxx (good spots). My partner doubled to show 4+ and at least a few HCPs. I had a 7-card suit and about ...
Invitational or Forcing?
2 already shows an extremely strong hand, so I say 3 is forcing. If partner pulls a Woolsey and passes, he'd better be right.
How aggressive are you?
Missing both majors I have no reason to bid twice. 4 - closer to 5 than 3 at these colors.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: J7 J982 JT852 K5
Right. If partner bids natural NT after they bid their suit, then he doesn't get to make a takeout double later. Given that, I have to choose between pass and 3. Leaning toward pass (and lead K) but might depend on my partner's tendencies.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: --- A8753 JT87632 T
I held this hand at the table and, playing Namyats, opened 3N - our equivalent of a 4 opener, so I voted for 4. I didn't want to pass and let the opps bid spades. My NV 3 opener would have much less playing strength than this ...
Never encountered this before.
I agree that poster should have included vulnerability and form of scoring. But on auctions such as these it makes sense to play penalty doubles and takeout passes. Partner made a penalty double and we might not have a game, so I pass.
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: 7 QJ5 AKQT973 Q3
I chose 3NT. If I can't make 3NT, maybe they have a game.

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