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Brian Bankler
Brian Bankler
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Member Since
Nov. 23, 2010
Last Seen
14 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a prolific board gamer (and have written reviews and ramblings for over a decade on my site) and returned to serious bridge a decade ago after a two decade hiatus. I study systems and conventions more than is healthy, and have a regular partnership playing Polish Club.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Have played multiple sessions without a revoke.
Regular Bridge Partners
Hank Eng, Tibor Roberts
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Fiesta Bridge Club of San Antonio
Favorite Conventions
Raptor, Brubotka
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Meckwell would be proud
1D seems routine in 3rd seat, and not unreasonable in 1st/2nd (3 quick tricks and some shape). I admit I'd like my honors in my long suits, but that's not a pass in 3rd seat by any expert I've seen.
Graded Suit-Preference
"Forcing to game looks optimistic." I remember Kit's interview in Bridge World where he pointed out that "Should we go to game" has gotten the bulk of the attention in bidding theory and "Which game should we go to?" has taken a back seat, and that he proposed to ...
Open letter to Robb Gordon
I would assume that someone filed a recorder form against them. For what it's worth, I've played a few rounds against Sam (in the Texas/Mex NAOPs) when he was playing a (different) highly unusual system. I found his (and partners) alerts and explanations to be precise, accurate ...
A Modest Proposal
My German is non-existent[1], so I just used Google Translate. [1] Actually, one year at the Essen Game Fair a nice acquaintance agreed to translate a rules explanation on the fly from German to English so that I could participate in a demo game as the only non-German speaker ...
2 diamond bid weak
I'm not sure what I'd do, but an "expert" partnership that doesn't have even a basic CC should not get any benefit of the doubt as to what their system is. So, therefore I'd rule that North mis-explained and -- with a correct explination East would pass ...
Arrest made in Barry Crane Murder Case
Not in the USA article, but the Wikipedia page on Crane is saying they have a confession.
Bright and Zeller Win Imp Pairs
I misread this as "Penn and Teller win the Imp Pairs." No offense to Mssrs. Bright and Zeller, but I was really excited by that.
A Double Standard?
This is exactly what I was going to say. (Leaving off the second paragraph's tone). If you'd asked during the auction LHO would say (in many more words) "undiscussed." Unless you want to say that it was discussed (which is whole 'nother kettle of worms), bad players made ...
Ethical or not?
This seems to me to be the same issue of "deliberate dumping" (DD) that the Bridge World often brings up. The rules of a tournament that mean you get a better result if you lose an intermediate match. In this case you are dumping a single board to improve your ...
What's your plan?
I went with the majority in the poll, but there was some discussion as to what an expert field (instead of the club field) would do. I agree that this looks like a 4=6 hand.

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