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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
6 hours ago
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.

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
Ira Chorush - Craig Biddle
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Unscientific ACBL Membership Poll
I voted for the largest number, but with the caveat that the large majority of the people who want to learn have very limited upside.
RHO open 1NT, you have 2524 and 15 points
And the auction proceeds 2 (transfer) - P - 2. Feel better now? When you have hearts, you have to bid before they find spades. Frequently, bidding immediately with this kind of hand results in jamming them to 3 when both sides have an 8 card fit and the ...
Is this system bad or illegal? (EDIT)
I think all your opening bids are legal, but it's pointless for responder to always have to bid 1 over 1. Big diamond systems are also problematic, since the negative response preempts opener from showing hearts.
Can We Ever Play in Clubs
I agree that Hand 1 is "just one of those things." I think hand 2 supports the old American style of opening 1 and rebidding 2 over 1. Of course this is not only bad when your best spot is 1NT but also when responder has a ...
Hand from Gatlinberg KO’s
When you're playing 2-way Stayman, isn't 2NT "no 4-card major or 5-card minor?" That allows space to find the 4-4 minor fit without going past 3NT. Isn't it reasonable to play A A ruff AQ J ruff, KQ playing for the hand with 3 trump ...
ATB - -930
Surely, Gonzalo, you've partnered clients. Would you ever dream of doubling 3 when doing so? W's double of 3 would be standard practice for 90% of ACBL players, and I suspect in other countries as well. "Stolen bid," you know. If E is a "very good ...
For those of a certain age
Yes, any scoring table that allows profitable saves in 7NT is inherently ridiculous.
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
I would bid 2 and then correct 2 to 2 since my partnerships show major suit positive lengths up the line. And I would open 1 and rebid 2 after a 1 response with 1=4=4=4.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: Q QJ8 AKT5 A6542
Pros and cons for each opening, from various sources. 1 Pro - You have an easy 2 rebid to suggest your shape. This hand isn't really worth "16 points." Con - That Q may be very useful. Partner will never play you for this much; his first approximation to ...
Why Bots Score Well at Clubs (still indefinite answer)
It's a Vienna coup, not a Bath Coup. Don't worry, my Polish is pretty much nonexistent, so I applaud your contributions to this site.
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