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Tracy Brines
Tracy Brines
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 16, 2012
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Learned to play bridge in college (Texas Tech University) where I studied Civil Engineering.  Joined the Navy in 95 and spent 15 years as an Officer on Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers.  Working at the Surry Nuclear Power Station, about an Hour SE of Richmond VA.  I am looking for a serious -long term bridge partner to meet at NABCs and maybe an occassional regional.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Qualifying for the 3rd day of the National Open Swiss in Seattle in 2011; getting to play behind screens for the 1st time
Bridge Accomplishments
Numerous Regional Open wins; 2nd day of several major national pair events
Regular Bridge Partners
My wife, whom I taught to play
Member of Bridge Club(s)
VA Beach area and WA DC area
Favorite Tournaments
Gatlinburg, Hunt Valley, Norfolk (VA Beach)
BBO Username
OKB - TAB410, Tracyb on BBO (Rarely on BBO)
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
Copy of Tracy and Maureen Brines
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Howard Miller
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Copy of Favorite CC
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Kenton Schoen
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Paul Block
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Copy of Bridge Winners Standard
2 over 1
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Copy of Tracy Brines - Joyce Goldstein
2 over 1
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Tracy Brines's bidding problem: --- 8754 6532 AQJ74
I bid 3NT - made it with less than optimum defense... But it was not easy to find. My partner had K10xxx AK Axx Kxx
Attitude or Count Signal?
I would play the 2 as attitude
What accomplishment earned this letter
All these comments seem to forget that for some people bridge is a social game and not a way of life. What is wrong with letting people feel good about themselves? Does it make you feel better about yourself to insult the thousands of players that still play the game ...
Champions of Bridge and Chess Showing Sportsmanship
I am not usually in the "must follow the rules" crowd, I frequently will let things slide (especially at the club), but... to call someone "ethical" for letting it go - does that imply that following the rules is "un-ethical" or that they are somehow not a Gentleman? This strikes me ...
Conventions, conventions. Is bridge as we know it already dead?
Why is everyone worried about if the opponents play good bridge? Everyone plays for different reasons, if they are enjoying themselves, let it be....
Who Bid Too Much?
Why was pass of 5H not an option?
ATB - Wrong contract
A LOT of problems are solved by overcalling 1H instead of making a somewhat off-shape X
Here I Go (Again)
Great article. Well written and entertaining. Thanks!
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
When I play at the club it is to practice for better events. Let's face it, anytime the director is called to the table the quality of play goes way down... the way to avoid this is just dont call the director. Selfish? Yes, against the Rules? Probably, but ...
First day table count in HNL (excluding NLM)
I am firmly convinced some people want this to fail just so they can say “I told you so. Look how much smarter I am than everyone else”

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