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Chris Willenken
Chris Willenken
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Member Since
Nov. 14, 2011
Last Seen
7 hours ago
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Bridge Player
about me

Strategist at Zoic Capital; professional player and teacher

United States of America

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Regular Bridge Partners
Current: Jan Jansma Past: Ron Smith, Roy Welland, Michael Rosenberg, Eldad Ginossar
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Why Zimmermann should not have won the Monaco Winter Games
I would have passed 3 without thinking too hard about it.
Come On ACBL/OnPeak, It's Just Not That Hard! (NABC Hotel Gripe)
David, I think I must have made my point in an unclear way. The issue is not too few rooms overall in Montreal. The issue is allowing uncoordinated partial tournament bookings such that at this moment, for example, the Holiday Inn is full on the 21st and 25th only, whereas ...
What are your rights and obligations when you don't know who hessitated at the other side?
@David B: In theory, players can always hold the tray, so there should be no need for enforced pauses. In practice, nobody ever holds the tray for 20 seconds because it seems so excessive. My two cents: if it seems excessive to hold the tray for time amount X, it ...
What are your rights and obligations when you don't know who hessitated at the other side?
@Mike B: Players are specifically entitled to use their opponents' tempo. Thus, the procedure I propose has the side benefit of giving better effect to the Laws. @Michael R: A player's call would need to be UI for partner. But in many cases the potential caller would know that ...
What are your rights and obligations when you don't know who hessitated at the other side?
In 2011, I faced a strange situation playing in the SportAccord Mind Games. I can't remember the exact auction, but there was a very long hesitation on the other side of the screen. It was an auction where partner was 95% to have taken the time, and I wanted ...
Common Game Friday Aug 16 board 10
Good point!
Common Game Friday Aug 16 board 10
"Now it looks natural to try to build a club for a second discard. But East can win the king and play a spade." As described, this defense has roughly a 16.67% chance to defeat the contract.
[ACBL] Open Chart Allows These Bids?
@Marty Harris How about this rewrite: "In segments of fewer than 6 boards, a 1-level opening bid showing Length only in suits other than the suit opened, unless that bid is also Strong and Forcing."
Ruling fron Eastbourne
Michael Shuster, We would have an implicit agreement for subsequent occurrences after partner saw me try this out. We would not have any sort of agreement the first time it came up unless a previous discussion causes partner to expect my action.
Ruling fron Eastbourne
Ai-Tai, You are not obligated to disclose anything which you glean from examining your own hand. Disclosure pertains to agreements, either express or implied. Imagine that you and I sit down to play for the first time. We agree 'disciplined weak two bids' without further discussion. We are down in ...

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