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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

2nd in the Silver Ribbons in Memphis 2019.  Many people have congratulated me for my finish, and then added that I should not be too disappointed that we didn't win.  I play the game to learn about the game and improve my capacity to play it well.  This result told me that I can play it well enough to win at that level, and the fact that I didn't actually win is totally irrelevant to me.

USBF Junior mentor (having a great time with a half-dozen [now 8] very eager youngsters from 12-16).  Nearly made the top 500 in 2017, planning a stronger effort in 2019.

Occasionally play on BBO against Cayne and his pros, or Richard Pavlicek and partner.  I enjoy the opportunity to play against that caliber of players.  Win occasionally, too.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Contending the whole way in the Silver Ribbons and ending up second.
Bridge Accomplishments
2nd NABC Silver Ribbon Pairs, 2019. Multiple GNT District wins back in the day, Once had 5 BRQ's in 9 tries but nobody noticed because it took 7 years and 3 cities. Four straight 2nd day quals in Platinum Point events.
Regular Bridge Partners
Phil Goulding, Fred Schenker, Bernie Greenspan
Favorite Tournaments
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional
Favorite Conventions
transfer responses to 1C and transfer rebids after 1D-1M
BBO Username
1stPanda
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Another Double
Yep, this is nicely handled by treating all doubles of suits below 2NT and all raised suits as takeout and the rest as penalty. Partner is much more likely to have 3=x=x=4 than to want to bid again with 2=4=5=2 or 3=4=4 ...
Precision 1D Followups
I don't really agree with East's 3NT bid, although it is a much smaller crime that W's treating his hand as a minimum raise. I think he should have bid 3 to show hearts well held and suggest worry about spades. After all, as Kenton notes ...
Precision 1D Followups
As others have noted, this hand is far from a minimum. Yes, it has only 12 points, but what glorious points they are. This hand is much better than A KJxx KJx Qxxxx.
Pinpoint Stayman
You forgot to use the sarcasm font, Ed.
How do you interpret 5!s?
This would have been a much more interesting problem 45 years ago, when a significant number of players still thought it normal to open 1 on xx KJxxx xxx xxx. Now, of course, the soul-siblings of those people think this is a normal 2 or 3 opening.
How do you interpret 5!s?
Or, in this case, first SHE swashes, then THEY buckle.
How do you interpret 5!s?
Yes, thank you Bob. I find it extremely difficult to construct a layout, given the hand opposite, where this could possibly be the "traditional" hand. Maybe QJxxxxxx AKQ10x would do the trick. Still, there must be hundreds of times more hands where you simply want to impede the opponents' slam ...
How do you interpret 5!s?
Khokan, please report to the Principal's office.
No <50% boards
You will never outgrow that, Finn. Don't lose any sleep over it. And I have a great deal of respect for your game. My theory is that if you have no boards under 33% you weren't pushing the opponents around enough. At least, that's what I tell ...
Off-topic: Alternative Corona Pastime: Killer Sudoku
Another good one is www.samurai-sudoku.com - I have been doing those since 2003.
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