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Paul Friedman
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 28, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I always play my partner's system; that way it is her/his fault.

Bald and overweight with a scruffy beard and usually wearing a hat. Loud and can nopt spell. Most often wearing a cat-themed Tee shirt, Down to living with only five of the prince and princes now. Before we moved from St. Paul, MN my spouse ran a cat rescue group which took in those animals most other could not. These were mostly "surplus" litters and elderly and sick cats. We and others in the group, Cause for Paws, tool the beasties into our homes and found permanent homes for most. For those we couldn't (or won't because we fell in love with them) stayed with us until the end.

Learned bridge in college (Class of 1970). I learned the game by reading every bridge book in the college and town library. Enjoy studying bidding systems and have played a wide variety thereof. Prefer a Strong Club/Weak NT canape systems. Never claimed this is the best approach, merely the type I enjoy. Now I am stuck with strong NT. five-card majors 2/1 GF. Ah well.

Started off my supposed adult life teaching Middle School. Loved the kids but not many of my fellow teachers. Taught in a Catholic School which is unusual for a non-practicing (or practicing) Jew. Needed more $$ when my wife became sick (uncovered bills of 6 times my annual salary) so got a job as a Home Office geek in group medical insurance. Ended up as a minority owner in a group medical reinsurance intermediary and manager. Chief nerd. Pricing, underwriting, IT, etc Enjoyed the pricing part the most as it was puzzle to be solved with insufficient data. Ya, kinda like bridge but playing with others peoples' money (in the multi-millions). The company was sold to a Biggie in 2000. I retired soon thereafter at the ripe old age of 53. Spent the next 10 years travelling the world; sometimes solely and sometimes with my spouse. In the early 2010s, we had to move to Florida to take care of my failing in-laws. After they passed, we are stayed -- my spouse likes it and I like my spouse, so ...

Current hobbies: Reading: Science Fiction (Neal Stephenson is my fav author). Physics (Time is my favorite sub-topic)

                         Bridge. Playing locally only. I have played off and on for a total of about half of the 50  years since I learned the game.

                         Watching my favorite sports: Bicycle road racing; Rugby (particularly 7s)

Heros: (Heroes?) Bridge: Michel Rosenberg and Edgar Kaplan for their work on ethics

                          Life: My brother who was an underpaid, overworked Public Defender for 45 years and continues the struggle in retirement.

                          Historical: Paul Robeson for whom I was named.; Dorothy Day who actually lived her beliefs; Dorothy Parker: Oh, if Could write like that.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Kibitzing O. Jacoby in his last Reisinger session; Guessing a Queen on a 2-way finesse. Last happened 8:39 p.m., 23 June 1986
Bridge Accomplishments
Regular Bridge Partners
Ian Wilson
Member of Bridge Club(s)
St Petersburg, FL
Favorite Tournaments
N.A. Nationals
Favorite Conventions
Anything that you and I both know and you know that I know it.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Paul Gipson's bidding problem: AK642 A A762 KJ9
I don't think I am going to learn anything useful and an leap to 7 shows brio if nothing else, but I'll take it slowly with a double just in case something good happens,
Katherine Todd's bidding problem: A9542 T3 --- AJT872
Excellent advice. You are not looking for the perfect spot. You are simply trying to come out alive. Could 3 work? Certainly. If it "works" though, there is an excellent chance that partner will raise or (heaven forbid) try for 3NT. Your 3 does, after all, advertise extra ...
Katherine Todd's bidding problem: A9542 T3 --- AJT872
Assuming a miracle and the opponents stay out of the auction: 1 - 1red 1 - 1NT or 2something 2 No reverse :) A problem with opening 1 is that any bid by the opponents or partner other than 1NT means bidding at the three level to show your ...
BIT Ruling and Aftermath
All in tempo: 1 1NT 2NT ??? with responder holding the instant hand. Unless posed as a Bidding Challenge hand when you expect something strange, I would expect a near unanimous vote for 3NT if the 2NT rebid started at 17. I think it would a majority if the 2NT ...
1!h-2!s and 1!s-3!h to show 3-card limit raise in opener’s major?
The fear of playing 1NT rather than 3M when responder has a limit three card raise ism I think, very exaggerated. This is particularly when responder is balanced. Opener is by definition balanced -- otherwise 1NT would not have been passed. Opener's only shapes are 5M(332) and 4=5 ...
Comic NT
Richard: One had to neigh? Hard to provide detailed information that way. ;)
Comic NT
Douglas: Don't ask me to explain or defend. The kerfuffle was not my idea. If my opponents want to play it, it would be fine with me. The advances were dead simple. 2 was Stayman except you bid 3z to show a weak one-suiter in the suit named ...
Comic NT
Howard: That was the crux of the issue. The either/or question was Is a 1NT overcall a "multi" type. Balanced 16-18 or weak on suiter OR Is the weak type of the 1NT overcall a system psych with the jump to 3 in a a lower suit a psychic ...
Ben Kristensen's bidding problem: AJ A82 K943 K752
I voted for 2NT but unlike the author of this thread, I do not have strong feelings. Double could easily be correct/less worse. If I have a feeling the 2 bidder was the old-fashioned type, I'd double instead.
Comic NT
If my foggy memory is correct Meckwell had their hands slapped for playing this convention. Something about if you psych a 1NT overcall very once in awhile versus an agreement that the overcall might be a weak one-suiter. I hope someone whose mind still works can clarify or correct.

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