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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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Member Type
Bridge Player
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.

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
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Prelude to Bermuda Bowl-1959
The lineup was Hamman-Kantar (playing 4-card majors, Roman 2, and Flannery 2), Goldman-Eisenberg (an Aces pair, playing a precursor to Goldman's Aces Scientific methods), and Lazard-Rapee (playing a less structured 5-card major style). I checked the WC book. Eisenberg was one of the original Aces, but the ...
Ethical or not?
I won an IMP in a KO match this way, hopping K in front of AQ in an ending. I wasn't about to give it back, and declarer wasn't about to ask.
What is the right thing to do?
People play in club games for many different reasons. Describing a pair as a long-time partnership is inadequate. If this is a pair of club-level players who come out for the fun and the opportunity to exercise their machinery after 1, then it's probably the right thing to ...
Marley Cedrone's bidding problem: K7 9842 KQT4 AT3
I would rather lie about a deuce than a King. So I bid 2 as though I had K72 rather than 2NT as though I had K98x.
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: Q KT9852 KQ943 7
Even better if you're not. Then, when you bid diamonds next, partner will have a really good idea what you have.
Symmetric Two-Bids (clubs and diamonds both strong and artificial)
It would raise the excitement level significantly to play: 2 = strong or or bal, or weak 2 2 = strong or or bal, or weak 2 2 = weak both majors 2 = weak
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
As a Pittsburgh native and resident, I find it hard to believe that "everything closed by 3 PM" near the playing site. Of course our Nationals was 13 years ago, and our city's economy has grown significantly since then. But today there are probably 100 restaurants within a 10 ...
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: AJ976 A9 A96 A72
Where was the option "Pass and hope it makes"? j/k, I think.
The disappearing evening club game
Yep, if you want to make sure that nobody who is not retired starts playing bridge in your area, by all means kill off your evening game. Why not convert it to your teaching night / non-LM night?
Assign blame
North's double was horrendous, unless their agreement was either takeout or optional penalty. But the only reason I can see for S passing the double is that he had Ax in with his diamonds. He made a 2/1 justified by the playing strength of his 7-4 hand, and ...

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