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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
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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.

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
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Slam defence
Partner should play 2nd hand high with the Kx. He can see the endplay coming a mile away.
Slam defence
Yes, this seems to be the only case where my play matters here.
Expanding Confined Space
Apparently, I can no longer open 2 with KQxx xx x AQJxxx since if partner bids 2 I have no call with a doubleton in support.
Rare High-Level Decision
Yes, whatever partner is doing, if I have the A I must bid 6. And without it I must bid 6. Partner might have AQxxxx KQJxx void Ax.
Bidding without Lebensohl
Partners who don't want to play lebensohl often have never considered how to bid at all in those situations. The old-fashioned way was that 2NT was a nonforcing takeout, double was penalty, suits at the 2-level were nonforcing, suits at the 3-level were forcing to game, a cue-bid was ...
Continuations after Minorwood
Minor suit slam bidding at matchpoints is treacherous, for just this reason. Minorwood, in theory, should be better than redwood/Kickback because you have one more step available below the dreaded 4 response. But differentiating between minorwood, trump-setting, and encouraging/regressive 4m calls is difficult. Kickback is somewhat better ...
Improve my Guess
Why didn't you just play Ace and a club here? Assuming that E does NOT have both the K and J, and that E does not have 4 since he bid spades first with 3, this is a 100% line. And if West follows low both times, indicating ...
Duck or Cover?
If you play, as I prefer when using 4th best leads, that the lead of a 4th best card promises a face card, this becomes a non-problem.
Cruel Hand from 2019 Vilnius Cup
Just another brick for the wall of evidence that it's a good idea to drive the opponents to the 3-level and let them play there at IMPs. Here, EW could also have taken the 5-level save, which would get out for down 1 on the apparently normal spade lead ...
Declarer thoughts
When I see a finesse for my contract that is either a 5:1 favorite or a complete lock, I don't think much farther. Since you posted the deal, it's obvious that the K was singleton and somebody went down. That's bridge.

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