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Pete Matthews Jr
Pete Matthews Jr
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2016
Last Seen
Aug. 6
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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Simulation: Richard Pavlicek
Tom, Bo Haglund's DDS slots into Bridge Composer, which uses it to double-dummy individual or all deals in a file. Similarly, GIB and now WBridge5 slot into BC. DM Pro used to be painfully slow at double-dummy; I heard it got better a few years after I switched to ...
Is this a way to run an organization?
People like me are probably part of the "problem". At 71, retired, about 3900 MP, I spend much of my energy on bridge. I love to play against top competition, and do play some top-bracket KOs. Nevertheless, losing can get old in a hurry. People like me can play well ...
Simulation: Richard Pavlicek
Tom, 250 deals is useful, but the "gold standard" is 5000. That's would be 50 days for you, and maybe 3 days for BC/GIB. I'm running a lead simulation now, 1000 deals, four files. In about 10 hours, BC/GIB played 630 to 890 deals, on an ...
Simulation: Richard Pavlicek
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Simulation: Richard Pavlicek
Bridge Simulation has been a topic of interest to me for years. In 2013, I published my article on bridge software, including simulations, now at (or search for MITDLBC). In the past six years, I have not seen anything that would cause me ...
Takeout Doubler’s Cue Bid after Minor Suit Advance
Excellent points, Lynn. If you think about it, West likely has five or more spades, possibly only four. South opened 1 (not 1NT, for example), and did not want to do anything over your double. Good chance South has a 5-3-3-2 12-15. Then, North did not bid 2 ...
Takeout Doubler’s Cue Bid after Minor Suit Advance
OK, as well as 3, I also added 4 and 4 answers, all three below "Other". I hope people can change their answers from Other, as appropriate. Sorry I did not craft the poll better in the first place.
Takeout Doubler’s Cue Bid after Minor Suit Advance
Yes, this was a (matchpoint) pairs event in Nashua, and playing in hearts might be necessary. I did not want to lead the witnesses, but here goes... The opponents likely have a playable spade fit, yet only bid the once. This means pard probably has some spades and some points ...
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 ...
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