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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started out in the NYC area, moved to DC burbs in 1990.  Enjoy the challenge of playing different systems with different partners though getting old and forgetting sucks!  I am a bidding problem junkie (MSC, It's Your Call, etc.) though I sometimes realize my action at the table and the action I choose for the contest aren't necessarily the same!

I enjoy tournaments and play in them more than in club games.  Go to occasional nationals and hope to do more of those in the future.

Did manage my highest ever finish in an open National event by coming in 2nd in the Fast Pairs at the 2018 Spring tournament in Philadelphia.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
beating Carolyn Lynch's high-powered squad (Balicki/Zmudzinski, Passell/Wold) in a regional KO final - down 15 at halftime and 41 after the first 6 boards of the 2nd half, we won the last 6 boards 43-0!
Bridge Accomplishments
Too many regional wins to count, nearly winning Flight A GNT in 2012, 2nd in 2018 NABC Fast Pairs in Spring Nationals (Philadelphia)
Regular Bridge Partners
Lyle Poe, Mark Chen, Robbie Hopkins, Leo Lasota
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Washington Bridge League
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Awful Contract
the auction in the last diagram at the bottom of page 5 is not complete (should be 3 passes after 5). Same thing on hand diagrams at the top of pages 6 through 9.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: QJ2 32 AQ8532 Q5
I was referring to balancing (after Craig's 1-P-2-P-P-? auction) with 3, which if doubled *would* be game..., not overcalling initially with 2
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: QJ2 32 AQ8532 Q5
to some extent (yes there are still risks), it "does" get easier on the auction you mention - the opps have a fit (not known over 1), and have limited their hands (also not known after 1). Also at imps, the opps won't make marginal penalty doubles when ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: QJ2 32 AQ8532 Q5
plusses to overcalling: take up bidding space, want a diamond lead (probably). Minuses: I'm vul (would be more confident in bidding if I were non-vul), no shape, no texture, lots of quacks which are more likely to be valuable on defense. I know "it's a bidder's game ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJx xx QTx AKxxx
an advantage of double right here is that partner, with a modest hand and 5+ spades (or diamonds) can bid/compete knowing you normally have at least 3 of his suit. If my LHO passes a 2 overcall, partner may not bid with a diamond or spade suit especially ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: Q4 KQJ3 Q843 T42
I like 1NT... quite possibly this hand is a "race to 1NT", if I don't bid it, likely LHO is about to bid it - his most common hand type here is a balanced minimum. If partner has 6 spades or 4 diamonds I'm fine if he bids them ...
Common False Preference
agree completely, Len. How are we ever supposed to find our 4-4 (maybe even 5-4 especially if we're not playing some sort of BART type system) heart fit if we don't bid them? I'm in the camp that 95+ percent of the time, I bid 2 ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: ATxx AKxx x KQxx
I might GF at imps but I'm fine with just an invite (especially if a descriptive 3 is not a GF) at matchpoints
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: ATxx AKxx x KQxx
3 not a GF for me. jump reverses are splinters but only forcing to 3M, so that if partner's hand here is xxxx xx KQxx Jxx we can stop in 3.
ATB- missing spade contract
South evidently thought his 2 bid showed approximately what he would have if his RHO had passed over 1, but I believe in competition I think South has to do more since now 2 is usually defined as a sound minimum with 4 spades, and South has ...

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