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Robert Lass
Robert Lass
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 31, 2011
Last Seen
Oct. 15
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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Bridge Winners is Depressing
It's really embarrassing to be carded for Senior discounts. When you are young, they think you just want to drink. When you are old(er), they think that you are a sneak and a liar...and that the two dollar discount really matters that much.
Who needs to try harder?
I have not heard the name Stelios Touchtidis in about 40 years. He was a force of nature. BTW, the auto-correct changed his name to Touch titis. WTF
Defense against a BSC over 1!C
I really want to play a round where all my opening bids are suction!
Thoughts wanted on defensive carding
This is a situation that drives me nuts...I agree with David. Just tell me if you have an honor or shortness. I can work out the rest myself. We refer to this as Hijacking the defense, a sin to be avoided at all costs.
The Impossible Two Spade Bid
This came up today (for the first time) in a Sectional in Chicago. The auction was 1H-1N-2d-2s and my partner almost had the pass card out of the bidding box! He stopped like he had been shot, and took the alert card out instead. We avoided our 3-2 spade fit ...
Are you still playing NMF?
We play a hybrid of XYZ/2-way checkback, depending on which minor was opened. On another note, there was a birthday celebration at a local club game a few weeks ago with the requisite birthday cake. After blowing out the candles, the birthday-boy took a taste of the cake and ...
Announcement Required?
We put "=level conv x" on the last line of the Doubles section. We do not alert or announce until it is clear what the double means in context.
What do you return at trick two?
I would win the K, as Kit above. But I return the D8 because I don't want partner to think I have the Q. This gives up the possibility of promoting the trump 10, but clears up any issues about the DQ, Partner can always return a club, and ...
Losing by the slimest of margins
In the recent National, our team consisted of my partner and I, who most would consider A players (3000-6000), and two young men from a university in our home city who had 250 and 30MP respectively. (We like to support young bridge players by actually playing with them!) Clearly, we ...
Losing by the slimest of margins
I read slimiest first as well, and couldn't wait to read the article.

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