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Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 18, 2010
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Professional anti-money laundering investigator, amateur bridge nut living in the Portland, OR metropolitan area.  I don't play as much as I would like to, and that probably isn't going to change soon.  I am married to a wonderfully supportive non-bridge player, and now have a little boy, Teddy, who was born April 2017, but I hope to remain active in playing bridge while I balance my new family life.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Making the round of 16 in the 2013 Spingolds with Chris Wiegand, Sam Punch, and Stephen Peterkin - the first time I had entered the event. Now up there: Getting my top 4 matchpoint finishes with 3 different partners at nationals in 2016 at Reno, including placing in the Platinum pairs.
Bridge Accomplishments
6 top 10 national finishes, all in the past 7 years.
Regular Bridge Partners
Chris Wiegand, Eric Sieg, and Jeff Ford
Favorite Tournaments
any NABC, all GNT competitions, Portland and Seaside regionals
Favorite Conventions
Stayman and follow-ups derived from it. I played 15 years of home bridge with my parents without knowing stayman, so I really appreciate how wonderful it is.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Jimmy Savile and Bill Cosby and a host of parish priests were sexual predators; OJ Simpson a murderer; The Blue team was full of cheaters. Sometimes our childhood idols disappoint, and we find out 30 years too late what kind of people they were/are. That's disappointing, but pretending ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
I'm saying its a possible explanation because of the ancillary evidence that Avon produced indicating that one of the things that the Blue team effectively signaled was shortness, as based on their activities after X, not because of the evidence of one deal. My conjecture is supported by the ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Or its possible that he knew his partner had no shortnesses because he didn't signal one.
Treatments over 1NT with 5-card major
If I have a max with a 5 card major, I jump to 3M in response to stayman. That is the only situation where I show a 5 card major. I have not noted significant MP/imp losses or gains from being in the "wrong" game when I am 5-3-3-2 ...
Deportment -- who's at fault?
Regarding Matt Muir's point, if asked about the specific meaning of a card, I will always reply "I will happily tell you about our agreements, but you are not entitled to our interpretations of specific cards. Our agreements are that a relatively low spot compared to the other cards ...
Club policy legal?
Ethics are not defined by rules - if they were, we'd use the words interchangeably, and we definitely do not. Ethics are primarily defined by people and their communities, and what is perceived to be right and wrong. Ethics will depend on the people involved and their own perception of ...
Full disclosure?
No alert is required for a variety of calls. IMO, the declaring pair should still explain negative inferences/non-alertable unusual calls at the end of the auction to fulfill full disclosure (as well as answering any questions fully at the time they are asked, of course). I have a strong ...
Club policy legal?
Since no bridge player I know thinks of their opponents as anything other than "of lesser ability", the club has effectively banned psyching. I have purposely psyched less than 10 times total in my lifetime of bridge, but I wouldn't play at that club.
What are your pet peeves?
I've been asked once, and once I wasn't asked, but when we told them we were playing the 4th quarter, they said fine, but we would have to play fast. It was only afterwards that I thought of the appropriate rejoinder to both - if you don't want ...
What are your pet peeves?
why waste the brain space by memorizing when there is always a reference available? I agree with Anant, its much easier visually to look at the board and track it then finding where the vulnerability is written in the CC.

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