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Alex Kolesnik
Alex Kolesnik
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 15, 2010
Last Seen
8 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a professor of math at Ventura College (Ventura, CA).  My wife and kids also play bridge.  We like to travel, and often combine travels with bridge.  

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Semis of US open trials; 3rd in Platinum pairs; 3rd in NAP; finals of US mixed trials.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lots; play most often with Bob Etter, and my family.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
Etter and Kolesnik USBC
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Irina and Alex USBC
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Raphael Hallerman's bidding problem: 87 AJT72 764 AQ7
Nor may you ever again. Perhaps Dave should sort his pills more carefully.
ACBL - Time to add new GLM Ranks?
Have you calculated the approximate year you will achieve that rank? It's never too early to start planning the celebration.
Finn Kolesnik's bidding problem: J73 Q853 K64 AK8
I thought so when I doubled. Finn thought otherwise. I collected 1100 (that's 8 tricks, 5+3), although declarer at my table could have held the damage to 500. Finn collected at 50 a trick.
3NT Good Preempt in a Major: Not a Solid Suit
In my methods, you would bid 5C, and partner would bid 6H with 2nd round control, or bid 6C with first round control, but no side controls (xx, AKJxxxxx, xx, A maybe), and cuebid a side suit with first round control and a side control (so bid 5S with Kx ...
3NT Good Preempt in a Major: Not a Solid Suit
I've played this for years, which was fine in national events (essentially reverse NAMYATS, so 4m is a natural preempt). My response structure: 4C=transfer to your suit 4D=bid your suit higher bids are cuebids (wanting you to cuebid something you have); going through 4C or 4D and ...
1M:2C, 2D showing a minimum
It has become common in the US to have 2C be game forcing, either clubs or balanced. Some pairs have also added a 3 card limit raise to the mix. This allows the pair to play in 2 of the major, which has become necessary with the lighter major suit ...
Another huge finish for 15-year old Finn Kolesnik
Yes, that was Finn's first tournament.
A Very Amusing Board
I do not think Nathan's play was "too cute by half." I do think it was incredibly thoughtful, and could be right on many hands. It just happened to turn +1400 into -750 here. I was the declarer on the hand. As a side note, what do you think ...
What does this bid mean?
My hand was x, KJTx, AKJx, Q98x. I usually play 3D over 1N as 5-5 slammish. I should have bid 2D and then 3D.
What does this bid mean?
Yes. Kate suggests below to bid 2C, then 3S over 2D, to show the diamond splinter. That did not occur to me.

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