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Tracy Brines
Tracy Brines
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 16, 2012
Last Seen
5 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.  Currently living in Southern Maryland (a hour SE of Washington DC) working at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, I am looking for a serious -long term bridge partner to meet at NABC 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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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”
What is the right thing to do?
I must admit, I would let them take it back if they were a new pair or a pair that was just learning (practicing) precision. An experienced pair, probably not. Actually, if it were an experienced pair and I offered to let them take it back, they would probably say ...
The disappearing evening club game
Want the opinion of someone that still works and is not retired on why evening bridge is dying (dead)? Having Sectionals on Friday's with start times of 10/3. You are basically telling the working people "we don't care if you play bridge"
Your UI ruling?
Whenever someone says "always" or "never" they lose a lot of credibility... I can point to multiple cases either way. We have to get out of the mind set the "if it hesitates you cannot bid again" or bridge will become an unplayable game.
Redoubling Isn't Rude
Some people look for any reason to be offended.....
WBF Anti-Doping Regulations
except I have to smell it lingering on them throughout the rounds....
ACBL's Flawed Masterpoint Formulas
my thoughts exactly about the NABC being close. Maybe it is time to reduce the # of tournaments?

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