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Tracy Brines
Tracy Brines
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 16, 2012
Last Seen
12 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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Kenton Schoen
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Paul Block
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2 over 1
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How much edge do you need to justify variance?
What is your goal -to win the event (follow the field, win the event on a different board) or to use it as a practice session for a bigger event? (Take the percentage line)
Maybe I am slow today but I dont get the question....
Bidding grand at the club
It all depends on the goal - is it to win the club game, or is it to use the club to practice for larger events? I have found that I use the club for practice, I largely ignore the results as I can tell if I played well or not.
ATB - another slam missed
Perhaps North should give a positive response with spades over 2C
1NT - should it be 100% forcing in response to 1H or 1S
1NT can be passed by any hand that will not accept ANY game invite or does not have a 2nd 4+ Card suit. (usually 11-12 5-3-3-2)
Solution To NABC Starting Times: EVERYONE Can Have What They Want
Interesting but with everyone already complaining about the size of the games getting smaller - wouldn't this just make it worse? The best Idea I have heard is that East Coast starts in the PM (1/7), West Coast starts in the AM (10/330 or something similar). I am ...
Nice answer - short and sweet --
Raises to five of the agreed major suit?
I would disagree about this being standard - usually a voluntary bid of 5 of a Maj (the situations you describe) - when it i clearly our hand (not preemptive) asks partner to bid 6 with control of either 1) the suit the opponents have shown 2) the unbid suit
ACBL Cell Phone Policies & Penalties
Perhaps a bit cold, but.... how would people have dealt with this 30 years ago before the cell phone existed? Somehow life went on. Just because you can always be available doesn't mean you do always need to be available...
Assign the Blame/Credit
Double - 6-10, unbid minor, < 4card spades

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