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Phillip Grothus
Phillip Grothus
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Member Since
June 21, 2011
Last Seen
July 12
Member Type
Bridge Pro
United States of America

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ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
Conventions, conventions. Is bridge as we know it already dead?
Buddy, let me begin by wishing both Sally and you a wonderful Holiday! Thank both of you for putting up with me this past year as a teammate. As I have deicded to curtail tournament play, I recently donated 4 boxes of a bridge library along with over forty years ...
Ralph, I would hope you wouldn't put yourself or for that matter anyone else would put themselves in that position by even sitting down against one or both of them or any of the other miscreants. The cost is far higher than any compensation any would receive and I ...
It is incredulous that Rona, during his press meeting in Orlando, could do nothing more than support the status quo and the innocence declaration by CAS of Fantunes and therefore their potential future participation in WBF events. He further declared there would be no advance notice given of Fantunes' or ...
NABC Contracts
Hendrik, I cannot agree with you. Rarely is a BOD's primary responsibilites, if ever, involve the hiring of personnel other than the CEO and/or the most senior executives. This is one of the primary issues that continues to plague our organization, that is the involvement of board members ...
NABC Contracts
I largely agree with Jack. In my professional career, I was responsible for making arrangements for numerous local, regional, and national sales meetings and it seems to me that somewhere along the way the focus on what matters has been lost. While President of the San Antonio unit back in ...
Why does the membership not revolt against the Board of Directors?
Yes, it is true, we have our own swamp and deep state. I too have been frustrated with this issue for years but to no avail. At the recent nationals in Philly, I approached every BOD member I played against and strongly encouraged them to again revisit the reduction in ...
What are your responses if playing Ogust?
I play it several ways, but I see logic when playing 6-card preempts that the higher you bid the better the suit and therefor the more trick taking value of the hand, i.e. 3H shows good suit, bad hand.
USBF 2018 Team Trials: You Lose Some and You Win Some
win the spade open, low heart to hand, pass the club 8, East is endplayed for two pitches or the eventual one trick and the club setup for the second pitch with two hearts and a diamond for transportation to dummy. So in sum declarer wins 6 H's, 1 ...
USBF 2018 Team Trials: You Lose Some and You Win Some
Gary even with a spade lead 4H doubled is a maker. As for why 3N doubled was pulled, all I can add is that the heart bidder and the opponents complimented dummy on the initial 3N call as thoughtful.
USBF 2018 Team Trials: You Lose Some and You Win Some
Correct Brian, however declarer has the added opportunity of losing one heart and two diamonds by safety playing the diamond return at trick two and in so doiing creating a pitch for his club loser. Obviously it requires trumps to behave. My point though is from defender's perspective, what ...

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