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Tom Kniest
Tom Kniest
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 13, 2012
Last Seen
Jan. 25
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
Retired, married 44 yrs, 3 daughters, 3 granddaughters, one grandson, played out of St Louis all my life. Still play hoops in the senior league; some classical piano; love mysteries, travel, cycling; addicted to crosswords and like other puzzles.
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
My license is 7NTXX - the story appeared in Bridge Today
Bridge Accomplishments
GLM - 3 ACBL national championships 4 2nds 35+ top ten national finishes; 2 ABA national champs
Regular Bridge Partners
Karen Walker, Don Stack, Alan Popkin, Jack Spear, Steve Stewart, Ed Schulte, Jim Russell
Favorite Tournaments
Champaign IL, Kansas City, St Louis
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
Jack Spear's bidding problem: A32 AKJT2 A2 Q32
Have a sure stopper in clubs; hope pard has a card or two
Jack Spear's bidding problem: KQ982 --- KQJT8432 ---
6S - pard should get the picture; I didn't open 2C
Jack Spear's bidding problem: K32 Q2 J432 K432
6S - let's see; rho has at least 14, I have 9 including a worthless HQ and lho is slamming, so pard has a shitload of spades and little else and is suggesting a sac - I'm in.
Jack Spear's bidding problem: 5 5 JT432 AT9832
Abstain - I open this hand 3NT - 5-11, at least 5-5 in the minors. Partner doesn't have to set the trap; it's already there.
Jack Spear's bidding problem: 32 K432 AKJ9 AK2
Replying to Paul Hightower, I open all 1345s or 3145s or 40 or 0445s because these auctions often lead to neg Xs...UNLESS I'm happy to rebid a chunky 5 card club suit with soft diamonds. So, on your hand, you could be missing a heart game and/or ...
Jack Spear's bidding problem: 32 K432 AKJ9 AK2
3C The agreements provided don't seem definitive and I have doubts this is a penalty pass. The XX implies that diamond strength is behind me. Pard could be 3325 according to agreements provided, so I go where there may well be a home.
Jack Spear's bidding problem: A A32 A432 QJ432
I lead a club - let's see if they can stand the tap.
Jack Spear's bidding problem: KQJ2 AQ32 AKQJ 2
Pass, with Munday's reasoning. I have noticed that opponents are always opening this pattern with 2NT or 2C followed by 2NT if bigger, to good effect. At least against me. Also, reversing might get you the lebensohl response in which case it makes sense to stop in 4S; you ...
Jack Spear's bidding problem: AK2 AJ92 AT32 AK
6S - hoping for any 7 spades and any 3 clubs. If he had his own invite, then he would have started with 3H, but he chose a unilateral spade game, so I'm using that inference.
Jack Spear's bidding problem: AK2 T982 QT32 AT
5S - a good hand to argue for xyz - bidding NT can wait. How bad can he be? QJ10xx x K KQxxxxxx

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