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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
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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.

Country
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
batmanbrad
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Last Board of Cavendish
not only the pitches on the 4th , but for N/S defensive purposes, South should be trying to convey strength if possible, perhaps by the order of his plays (count/Smith not likely to be particularly relevant in this case). Then North might know he must keep ...
Slam Choice/Play Problem
well, I played this hand, and "almost" followed Kit's plan - I won A, cashed ONE top diamond in dummy, then played 3 rounds of spades. Yup, RHO overruffed with the J. "Good" news is that RHO had started with Jxx, so even cashing a 2nd diamond wouldn't have ...
Slam Choice/Play Problem
ahh, yes, I overlooked that, you are right.
Slam Choice/Play Problem
Thanks Kit. But, doesn't cashing AQ before playing 3 rounds of spades lose to LHO having xx plus Jxx? Whereas your way gains when RHO has xx plus Jx, perhaps slightly less likely (to be shorter in both pointed suits)? But, I do agree that cashing AQ does let ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: QJTx Jx xx Axxxx
4 may be going down, but the opponents don't know that. They are in a guess situation, especially if they have a big diamond fit - at these colors they know their save is cheap if 4 is making.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: QJTx Jx xx Axxxx
West probably has something like Kxxxxx and maybe has 4 hearts (another reason why he didn't want to open 2). He has to have some shape and some values outside of spades since he is bidding vul with both opponents in the auction. Good chance he is 6421 ...
1NT or not?
results at our club for board 23 are at: http://clubresults.acbl.org/Results/229872/2019/02/190207M.HTM at our table, this hand (was actually West) did open 1, North doubled (ugh!), East passed, South bid 2, and West doubled. North passed and East had a decision ...
1NT or not?
For those who want to see the all of the hands from the board this problem was taken from, see board 23 at: http://web2.acbl.org/tournaments/STaC/handrecords/2019/1902070/1902070_10M.pdf (and yes, there was potential for another poll on followups to some of the possible auctions ...
1NT or not?
Thanks for all the comments/discussion so far! By the way, this is an actual hand from District 6 STAC (morning session), not made up or modified.
1NT or not?
Kaplan/Rubens hand evaluator does give 17.95 for this hand so your estimate is very good.
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