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Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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about 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

Bridge Accomplishments
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
Favorite Tournaments
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional
BBO Username
1stPanda
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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You Be the Judge. Common Game 2/12/19 board 23
But here, how does opener distinguish among AJ9xx KQx xx AQx (or whatever you think is a dead minimum 5332 hand for X then bid your suit), AJ9xxx KQx x AKQ, and this monstrosity? Yes, I agree that (1)-1-1NT, 3 is forcing, but this hand is ...
You Be the Judge. Common Game 2/12/19 board 23
That 4 bid is F1. E promised values, W said he had too much to just bid 3 (surely showing s strong hand), E promised more values, and now E PASSED (????) 4! Yeowch!
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
East has a game force. West could conceivably accept an invitation, and surely should make a counter-try. So both partners get 100% of the blame. That is often the case, BTW. I spent most of my working life as an engineering consultant, and experienced many cases where projects that had ...
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
Reading what Kit takes the time to write is always a good idea.
Stong marmic
I would double 2 and then bid 3 over LHO's 3. Quite an overbid, but the auction doesn't always have to go this way. Since I am used to playing lebensohl over this takeout double, PARTNER's 3 will encourage me to bid 3NT ...
Stong marmic
Oh, please, the poster is probably used to referring to 4441 shapes as "Marmic" hands. Why do you guys have your knickers in a knot about that? This is a perfectly reasonable question to ask.
Dutch Spiral
Brilliant!
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
North is still allowed to show you Qxx. What you do with that information is up to you, although you would really be up the creek without a paddle with the hand you cited. You'd probably have to just shoot out 3NT and pray.
Bid these hands to the right strain in 2/1
I think you mean the J. If North had the J, it would be a fouled board.
Leveling the playing field for newer players?
I never used them, and I played both Schenken and Blue as well as Precision. And nobody ever hassled me about it. And the tenor of this article seems to suggest that a strong 1 opening is an irresistible force. I beg to disagree.
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