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Stephen Castellino
Stephen Castellino
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 19, 2011
Last Seen
April 4
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am from the San Francisco area and have been playing bridge for about 40 years. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan but my heritage is from Mangalore, Karnataka in South India. I am an ACBL GLM and enjoy tournament bridge, particularly the NABCs. 

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the Education Foundation Pairs with my wife, Colette, at the NY 2004 NABC
Bridge Accomplishments
Philadelphia World Open Pairs,2010 Semi-Finalist.
Regular Bridge Partners
Paul Cornelius; Colette Castellino; Michael Heymann
Member of Bridge Club(s)
East Bay Bridge Center, Oakland, CA
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
DONT, my version UvU
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Weird BBO occurrence
I run the LilyPad game on BBO, and my information is that if the time left for the last board is less than 4 mins, then the system removes that board and an average is assigned to both pairs. Additionally, in a "clocked" tournament if you do not complete your ...
2 "Non-Technical" Bridge Books Suggestion
Brains at Bridge was one of my very early read, and I thoroughly enjoyed ( and learnt from ) it. Will have to look for the other books mentioned above.
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With the 1NT overcall, we are surely not looking for slam. With that consideration why give away information with a FJ 3S? Just bid 4H. It's hard for me to agree that 3S is a FJ in this auction
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I like this approach
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I was the one who bid 3S holding QJI9xx, X, xx, A98x. It was undiscussed and I chose 3S since I was worried that any penalty would not be enough. The HA and DAK are great cards, and many of those that first said they would treat 3S as pre-emptive ...
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I polled the pros, the above were the suggested options. I'll add OTHER:)
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Michael, when I polled the pros at Monterey there were a significant minority who said: Splinter?
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Fixed the LHO/RHO typo. Thanks, Ken
ACBL's Future 2020 & Beyond (San Francisco NABC Report)
I think the Soloway KO is a great addition to the schedule. The Spingold and Vanderbilt are one day events for me, but in the Soloway I got to play for two days against the best players in the world. We didn't make the top 32 but we were ...
Rating Study from ACBL Tournaments
@Ping: I used to run an restricted expert game on BBO. It started with my friends and grew with "friends of friends". At some stage I had to come up with an objective way to guage the "friend of friend of friend". A quick study of the then current members ...

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