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Neal Smith
Neal Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 4, 2013
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

After 40 years as ACBL member, finally had time to play regularly starting in Jan 2013, and made LM June 2014.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Wins: Regional 0-20 pairs (1970s); D21 Flight C GNT, 1998; Phoenix (OR) Sectional Swiss, August 2013; Seaside (OR) Regional Gold Rush, Sep 2013; Sun River (OR) KO Bracket 2, May 2014; Medford Regional B Swiss, May 2017.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Phoenix, OR
Favorite Tournaments
Medford (OR) Regional, Seaside (OR) Regional, Sun River (OR) Regional
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Better Bidding of Potential Slam Hand
Wow, this seems pretty basic to me. Unless there is a fit, 30-31 HCP is not enough for slam. Over 3, North should rebid 3NT. If South then corrects to 4, then we can explore for slam. Otherwise we rest safely in 3NT. Had a related mixup recently ...
Help settle an argument please
Congrats to Michael for figuring this one out!
Help settle an argument please
What I still can't figure out is why partner discarded a spade. If he is indeed 3-1-3-6, he could have shed another club, keeping spades to avoid being endplayed.
Help settle an argument please
OK, I'm all alone in the spade column, so I better offer a rationale. (joined now by John Schwartz) West hand: xxx KJxx AQT9 Ax. A spade lead now is needed to prevent declarer from getting 2 spade discards in dummy on his diamonds. How many masterpoints did I ...
Help settle an argument please
If the club lead was 4th best, then declarer has at most 3 clubs, along with his 4 hearts. He has at least 6 cards in diamonds + spades, so we can never lose a diamond trick by way of a discard on dummy's spades.
Bad bidding practices that you nevertheless see many long-time players engage in
I agree with Matthew. I strongly recommend, with a pickup partner, to always play their card. Have them explain it, ask questions but don't let them know how dumb their card is. Playing their card will put them at ease and help them have a positive experience playing with ...
S. J. Simon and economics
For those of us who have no idea who he was, Mike, thank you for explaining the connection to bridge!
What Does Partner's Tank Suggest? II
Repeating my comment from the other thread. South should have bid 3, a re-transfer.
What does partner's tank suggest?
It’s an invitation. If he simply wanted to compete he would bid 3, a re-transfer, and then pass. If he had a game force he would bid 3 and then 3NT or 4.
Opener Slamming after a 1M Response
East responded 1, not 1.

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