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Robert Lass
Robert Lass
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 31, 2011
Last Seen
April 23
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Can you identify my Avatar?  I'm the best bridge player in Chicago for about three hands a month.  The rest of the time, I just swim along with the other fish.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
As a punk kid after hours at the Wild Whist BC (in LA), going for $200 in a $5 an IMP money game in which the only non-World Champion was me!
Bridge Accomplishments
see above... I should have gone for $500.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Chicago Bridge Center
Favorite Tournaments
Lake Geneva Regional, Omaha Regional, any National that I can drive to without ending up in a ditch.
Favorite Conventions
Flannery, negative free bids
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Jeff Miller's bidding problem: 6 AKQJT9 765 543
7 loser hand with little defense doesn't encourage me to bid on. Partner has an opening hand WITHOUT and values in the majors, so I'll take my shot at +500. Partner could be 5-4-3-1 with a stiff heart.
Jeff Miller's bidding problem: T65 A63 K5 K9542
We use double here as "too good for a mixed raise". Lacking that agreement, I'm bidding 4S at IMPS, although I would prefer another spade. All of the important cards should be in the slot and the heart A will prevent immediate taps.
Is 3NT an Alert?
We may open 6-3-2-2 hands with a long minor 1NT. Our auction 1N-2c-2N shows that hand with a max. The Stayman bidder always has 4 card major. There are various follow-up bids after this. We were instructed by a senior National Director to mark our cards (under NT section) "May ...
Anything I can do about this? (Bounced check for online lessons)
Barry, I hate to say this but the lesson you have learned is well worth the $75 of your time it cost you to learn it. The first rule in ALL financial transactions (from bridge lessons to multi-billion dollar mergers) is DON'T SPEND THE MONEY UNTIL THE CHECK CLEARS ...
Toronto Summer NABC Housing Update & other info
Perhaps they should try a lower rate for those who re-up via email.
In the Well: Jeff Meckstroth
Turning thongs around could cause great embarrassment to all concerned. Seriously, I couldn't agree more with your assessment of the state of bridge in the US.
Zachary Madden's bidding problem: AK85 --- J98732 K64
XX in this context, however weird, is to play. Its our hand, and partner should be able to scramble to 7-8 tricks. Perhaps our opps will reconsider, and decide to go for a telephone number.
Board 13 from the 01/26/2014 Common Game
How about 3S, asking partner for a (partial) spade stopper. 3 or 4 NT is unbeatable.
what is the correct opening bid
We play Lebensohl over reverses, even by a PH. If opener breaks the relay (that is, bids anything other than 3C over the 2NT bid), the partnership is in a game force. This seems to work well, and would handle the above hand. That said, I would open 2C, because ...
Falling Apart
Better napping between sessions than at board 18 of the second session:)

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