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Tom Kniest
Tom Kniest
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 13, 2012
Last Seen
April 8
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: 92 KQJ432 7 A432
In the World Sr Pairs in Philly a few years ago, Don Stack opened 1S white vs red, pass, and I bid 3NT showing a preemptive raise to 4 with an outside trick, either an A or a marriage. Lefty bid 5 vul diamonds, Don doubled, and they made 6 ...
Jack Spear's bidding problem: AJT92 2 KJ832 T2
Last time I had a similar hand, I was in 4th chair and it went 4H P P to me at the same vul vs not and I balanced with 4S. My pard, a hall of famer, had 4! heart tricks - A Q 10 8. Not definitive, but made for ...
Jack Spear's bidding problem: AJT92 2 KJ832 T2
Double - 2 places to play and the only way to get them if pard is trapping.
Jack Spear's bidding problem: K95432 A87 --- T932
Let's get the lead director in there and possibly find our 9or 10 card fit. Only forcing 1 rd & we'll know a lot more before our next bid...and so will pard
Jack Spear's bidding problem: --- J9832 2 J875432
5C - screams no X because no defense, but extreme playing strength.
ACBL Sanction Fee Increases (Candy's Letter to ACBL with her permission)
As a trained accountant, I know that numbers don't lie...unless LIARS MANIPULATE THEM! I'm gong to run this letter by RAT, who YELLS A LOT in the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, and see if he has any guidance for the ACBL Board. I'll also consult ...
Jack Spear's bidding problem: --- KQJ2 QT2 A97432
All pass says is that you have 1st round control of spades; no guarantees that you have a grand.
Jack Spear's bidding problem: 97432 Q2 --- AJ8732
we may have a game, but suits aren't breaking normally. I'll have an easy make in 2S as I cross ruff merrily while they follow glumly. Pard could be 4441 and they have a 9 card fit. THIS COULD BE WRONG
Jack Spear's bidding problem: KQ32 KQJT82 32 2
4H - what I think I can make. My hand on defense might only take a trick. Great playing strength, though.
Jack Spear's lead problem: AQ32 9732 A32 K2
Lefty has great club length - probably 7 - to lead from nothing is a death wish - righty could have 4423 and you might see a pitch(s) from dummy that you will regret. In stead of just leading blind, lead an A and see dummy and pard's signal.

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