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Pete Matthews Jr
Pete Matthews Jr
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2016
Last Seen
June 15
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

-- Lifetime student of the game of bridge, particularly interested in bidding systems and conventions.  Author of many bridge articles, often of the "survey" type, cataloging the main methods of dealing with a problem, with recommendations.  (Writing improves my own understanding as well as informing others.)  Often performs and describes computer simulations or bids hands with various methods to answer specific questions.

-- Author of materials for club directors and managers, including recommended movements, the BridgeMats program, and pre-fomatted table mats (some being the basis for products from vendors).

-- See my web site ( or search the web for MITDLBC.  No ads, no charge.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Won Series B Pairs with Gary Schwartz at Orlando 2018 World Bridge Series, got to play in A finals.
Regular Bridge Partners
Gary Schwartz, Andrew Hanes, Stewart Rubenstein
Member of Bridge Club(s)
MIT/DL BC (former 11-year club manager), Westwood DBC (MA)
Favorite Tournaments
Warwick RI, Nashua NH, Tampa FL, DAYTIME MAIN EVENTS and good dinners!
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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The typical rule for [Non-]Serious 3NT is that an 8+ card major suit fit be confirmed at the 3-level in a game-forcing auction. Some might add the provision that neither partner has made a limited bid. Examples include { 1 - 2; 3 }, { 1 - 2; 2 ...
BW 2/1: Serious 3NT
For a couple of decades now, I've been playing Serious 3NT, and I've won a lot of matchpoints with it. Also, I have run some manual (bid 'em myself) simulations to explore various independent issues. When a slam auction arises, I occasionally notice a situation where Serious is ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
Ah, "Now you go your way baby and I'll go mine Now and forever till the end of time..." Well, I found the only Hollies vinyl that I made the time to put on my computer was my 45 of Sorry Suzanne. I'm going to rectify that; thanks ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
From the Open chart, which mostly lists what is disallowed: "Psyching an Artificial opening bid." An exception permits 2 under the same restrictions as the Basic chart: "Any opening bid that promises a Very Strong hand is allowed." Also disallowed: "An Artificial opening Preempt below 3NT; except, 2NT may ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
The current ACBL convention charts include definitions of terms, including "Range" (capitalized). Search the ACBL site for "convention chart". The first hit for me was the "Charts, Rules and Regulations". When the new charts first came out, they were extremely hard to find, but this page has solved that. The ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
The ACBL specifies a five HCP point maximum Range, period, even on the Open+ chart. Under the "judgment" or "Just Bridge" rationales, with 15-17 on your card, it would clearly be illegal to open any 12 HCP hand at 1NT. Under the same conditions, 12 could arguably be legal with ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
If partner opens 1, and you hold a bad hand with 6 or 7 clubs and a stiff in a major, a 1NT response may be particularly unappealing. My travel partner and I do not play weak jump shifts, so a response in an Axx or Kxx major becomes ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
Well, I think we can agree that there is no universally accepted method of hand evaluation, and also that the issue here is not necessarily hand evaluation. However, HCP are at their best (whatever you think about that "best" is), for balanced hands. Everybody knows how to count them. It ...
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
D. Burch, it's kind of a stretch, but were you referring to Everyday? I do appreciate your reference to my favorite Hollies song, tho.
1NT announcement when you upgrade for length?
High card points do not give the full measure of a bridge hand, and most experienced players constantly make adjustments. Nevertheless, all the current ACBL convention charts prohibit an opening 1NT Range of greater than five HCP, period. To make this enforceable, it makes sense to me to prohibit opening ...
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