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Toby Curtis
Toby Curtis
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 20, 2013
Last Seen
March 16
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I've played bridge since I was a kid, but only got into the duplicate scene a few years ago.  I'm a member of the ACBL, but I live in Japan and get most of my masterpoints with the JCBL!  I have teaching and directing licenses in both countries, and currently teach a number of bridge classes inside and outside of my university in Hiroshima.  Update March 2016: Moved from Hiroshima to Fukuoka (bigger city in Japan, with more opportunities to play bridge!)


My profile picture is from the Spring NABC in 2013 in St. Louis, taken when I had just won the 299er Swiss Teams with my mom!


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Flew from Japan back to New Jersey for the holidays, then drove 2 hours for a sectional in Delaware, where my mother and I did well enough to make her a Life Master, just a few days before the end of 2013.
Regular Bridge Partners
Suzanne Curtis (my mother), Mark LaForge, 額賀恒夫, 陳悦辰
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Fukuoka Bridge Plaza
Favorite Conventions
Comique 1NT
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
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Jyri Tamminen's bidding problem: JT9865 T8 --- AKJ43
Not going to be very happy if I compete to 5 and opponents decide to give slam a try.
Never-Ending Stop Card Debate
Ray: good point! The policy in Japan is that the Stop card is optional: either use it all the time, or not at all.
Toby Curtis's bidding problem: Q7 --- J72 AKJT8754
I chose 3NT at the table, which partner raised to 6NT on AK93 KQ10652 843 --. This was promptly doubled and I found myself down a lot, with Qxx to my left. So much for running my "solid" clubs. So how out there was my 3NT bid? What additional cards ...
Toby Curtis's bidding problem: Q7 --- J72 AKJT8754
Playing vanilla 2/1. The 2 that most people are voting for is opener's rebid. Would be interesting to see how this hand would have handled playing precision with a 2 opening though!
KO: Waving the white flag not allowed? (ACBL)
I'm another one of the few "Yes" voters above. From the losing side's perspective: no matter how badly I'm losing a match, I'd like to think I'd want to at least try to have a major comeback. Even if we can't make a comeback ...
Toby Curtis's bidding problem: AQ8765 A97 --- QJ92
Good point, should have mentioned: playing mandatory support doubles, so North definitely does not have 3 spades.
Toby Curtis's bidding problem: AQ8765 A97 --- QJ92
If you bid 3, West doubles and it goes P-(P) back to you. If you double, it goes (P)-3-(P) back to you.
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: Q63 AKJ82 AK2 A5
Even if nothing out of the ordinary happens (i.e. the bidding goes 5-P-6-P), I'm no worse off. Why just make a 6-or-7 guess when you can at least force the auction for one more round and hope for some more information?
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: Kx --- KJT9xxx AKxx
If not playing Good Bad 2NT, we've shown at least a little extra with 3D. So I'm happy to just raise to 4S here. How good is the heart void with Kx of trumps anyway?
Board 1 from the 08/30/2016 Common Game
I was going to make a comment about board 6 but it seems boards 4, 6, and 9 from this Common Game are not up. Not sure if this is intentional or not (or maybe I'm just not seeing them on my computer?).

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