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Robert Thorstad
Robert Thorstad
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Member Since
March 12, 2013
Last Seen
Jan. 14
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Outside bridge I'm a graduate student working on "big data" and psychology. I'm interested in what data can tell us about bridge. www.robertthorstad.com

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
1st, North American Pairs Flight C, Spring 2016 NABC. Runner-up, Collegiate Championship, Summer 2014 NABC. 3rd/4th, GNT C, Summer 2016 NABC
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Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: AKQ3 Q2 KQ764 K5
Yeah I was surprised how unanimous double turns out. Certainly see the flaws for 2 but auction can be hard to handle after double
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: Q9632 9753 2 AK9
Yeah fair enough Bobby, we've discussed auctions like (1D) p (1s) 2S but here you can just X to show spades. OK removing that comment.
Ethics applied to a playing director
Looks perfectly reasonable to me 3NT is a very normal action
Director call in local club
Would give this West a procedural penalty if I can and at least a talking to. He made a ruling at the table against less experienced players (should know better) and then called for the director to clean up the mess. No idea if I have to make south pass ...
Director Ruling
What was the EW agreement? E.g. was it a bad alert or west just forgot?
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: K986 6 74 K97542
Hurrah! I felt 4 (my bid) might have been a little extreme at the table, used to get in trouble with bidding too much on hands like this. Glad to get a lot of 4 bidders
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: K986 6 74 K97542
No special agreements, so in this partnership ugly as it sounds 2NT would probably be natural (!), 3 some kind of good raise, 3 undiscussed
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: 987 A4 AJ92 8732
Interesting this is definitely a double for me but thought I might get more passers. Guess you have to change the J to T to make it interesting.
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: 4 952 JT3 K76432
Yeah I passed too, thought I needed a club spot or something else more entry-looking than a J, but I sometimes learn a fair bit from polls like this, interesting to me that the majority are bidding. Still happy with my pass but thinking about this one.
Hool - A Prelude to Bridge
Michael this is great, I definitely look for a simpler way to teach friends bridge that they can just get playing and have fun. Will give this a try. Keep posting stuff like this please!
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