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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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Yet another "Is pass forcing"?
Yes, I could be eating this. But this is a game of percentages, not belts and suspenders.
Do What Will Motivate Governing Bodies; Not What is Easy
Use tablets. Don't let anybody see any part of their partner's body. Self-alert. Easy Peasy.
ATB - reaching a bad slam
South bid his hand impeccably, making a pressured raise based on nice controls, 4-card support, and a stiff in the preempt suit. North needed Axxx AKx Kxxxx x opposite for slam to be good; if South had held that hand he would have made a move over a 4 ...
Yet another "Is pass forcing"?
My raise promised 4 trumps, I have 3. I have 2 Aces. Partner jumped to game. The opponents are at the 5 level. Double seems right. If partner has a tactical 4 bid, he's expected to pull. But if we allow tactical leaps to game, pass can't ...
Assign the passing blames
W took a shot at unfavorable vulnerability and it worked. Either tip your hat to him or file a player memo. Your choice.
Four spades
Just because trumps are set doesn't mean that 4 can't be an offer to play. At matchpoints, a touchy 4 making beats the heck out of a +400 in 5 claimed at trick 3. Our rule is that the first cuebid for slam can't ...
Another Look at Walter Avarelli
Yes, a kindergarten misdefense rescued by a brilliancy from the superstar.
Redoubling Isn't Rude
That's kind of an in your face remark. If I were directing a game and heard a remark like that, I would have had a quiet discussion with the player who made it after the session.
Redoubling Isn't Rude
XX was right whenever you were allowed to play it - if you re on for 6 then of course you would have added two redoubled overtricks to your score, for 1880. That even beats 6X which is now 1710. And if you can make 7, you will get ...
Playing with Michael Rosenberg against WalterAvarelli and the BlueTeam
We have to understand that the ethical norm required at the table in the 50's and 60's was considerably lower than today. There were lots of inflections and tempo variances by pretty much all pairs. It was not until Kaplan's famous article, "New Science", in 1956 that ...

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