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Robert Lass
Robert Lass
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 31, 2011
Last Seen
3 hours ago
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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So many bids I question in 1 auction
We use the auction 1NT-2c-2NT to show a max with a 6 card minor. Would have worked here. Moreover, the 2NT bid is a disaster. Only invitational values and no spade stopper. The final X with no spade tricks and 7 working HCP is even worse. Someone should teach South ...
Inverted Minors
We play like you, JG, except that on your 9HCP 4432, we would likely bid 1M or 1NT. We bypass 1NT with GF hands, and use other minor as checkback. Moreover, we play a completely rebuilt 1 of a minor opening and response system.
To bid or not to bid
You call for an ambulance because you are surely ill if you failed to bid 4H
(1!C) - 2!C
You can play our treatment and play weak 2D if you want...they are not incompatible. With regard to the utility of weak 2D openings, they are only a two position bid (unlike Flannery, which can be opened in all seats). 2D in 3rd seat tells your opponents that they ...
Forcing or non-forcing
In Standard American (and many 2/1 systems) all bidding below the level of 1NT is forcing one round. Opener is allowed to pass, so 1S is a forward going bid. Might be looking to correctly position NT.
Thoughts on major suit raises
We use 1M-3C as a 4 card raise with 6-11+ HCP. Opener bids 3D to ask, and any other bid is forcing. (We play a similar structure for Drury, but one level lower) 1M-3D is a three card limit raise WITH SHORTNESS. 3NT asks. Therefore, 1M-1NT-2?-3M is a limit ...
(1!C) - 2!C
Why overcomplicate? Do we really need two bids over minor suit openings to show a major two suiter? Playing 2C as natural makes a lot of sense. Even if opener has 3 clubs, why suppress a good 6 card suit? We use 1m-2D as Michaels--all you lose is a 2D ...
Understanding the Logic and Merit of Strong Pass!
Richard. Your chess analogy would be more accurate if your opponent had to make their first move BEFORE you made your opening. Then you would be allowed to make your opening and then respond to their move.
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: K9xxx x J87xx Tx
2 spades. What's the problem?
Understanding the Logic and Merit of Strong Pass!
Yes, this is it exactly.

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