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Robert Lass
Robert Lass
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 31, 2011
Last Seen
14 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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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.
Rebid Problem with good hand
Good reason to play 14-16NT.
Lecture--"Balancing"--Tips Requested
See Barry Crane story above.
Lecture--"Balancing"--Tips Requested
Barry Crane, who many consider the greatest matchpoint player of all time, refused to let opponents play in 2H. If the auction went 1m-1H-2H, he would bid 2S on any 13 cards unless he held 5 hearts! He was right more than not.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: Jx Kx AKQJxxx xx
Would have opened 1NT!
Uğur Demiroğlu's bidding problem: 85 AJ72 AJ2x 865
Have opened this hand for some odd reason, I have to figure out a way out of this mess. So I pass and wait for P to reopen with a double, and then bid 3H. My hand improved, but not that much!
David Loeb's bidding problem: 5 AT654 843 K975
1 Heart stands out. My (as opposed to others) partner's hand is limited to 10 HCP and he didn't open a weak 2S. Opps are likely to have a spade fit and sufficient HCP for game. Bidding 2H just confirms that, and will not bother East at all ...

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