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Donald Lurie
Donald Lurie
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Member Since
Dec. 6, 2012
Last Seen
Dec. 6
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired ex-School Psychologist, worked in a middle school in the South Bronx. living outside of NYC.  Not an expert, never claimed to be, never will be.  Became LM over 35 years ago but don't ask me how?  Frequently play on BBO - (Double !) but play live bridge relatively infrequently. Memory and attention/ concentration skills are clearly not what they once were.   If I post an problem, even if it seems like such a no-brainer and elementary to you, something likely occurred at the table where a disagreement occurred or there was some difference in approach or style.  So please view it as respecting and appreciating your input.  

Quote: The problem with Walking the Dog is that the dog might sometimes mistake you for a fire hydrant.

Thank You 

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Trumping partner's ace to get her off an endplay against Oswald Jacoby. It was the right play: he was not pleased. (yeah. I go back that far)
BBO Username
Double !
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Donald Lurie's bidding problem: KT 984 7432 T632
The results of this poll is consistent with what I anticipated. I interpret them as meaning that people are playing 2NT in such a situation as some form of scramble, most likely minors. The reason for this poll was to get a sense of the degree to which the more ...
"The worst play I have ever seen"
my wife says this question is a no-brainer: YES, always
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: T AKQJT94 AK8 QT
This was an interesting board. It raised the obvious question about the differences between rebids of 2, 3, and 4s after partner's double negative. My partner and I had never discussed this (how many of you have?). The companion hand was Txx, x, ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 6 AT65 AKJ KQ764
Thank you to everyone who has already or is yet to respond to this poll. As mentioned in the OP, my bid over the opponent's bid of 3 elicited some disagreement. Like about 3/4th of the respondents, I also doubled, thinking it still showed t/o dbl ...
Are you in shape? We weren't
To all those who voted that 3 is natural here (4 s): what is your punt bid? example 2254, 1345 with weak s or, some 1354 hand with a mediocre suit, none having an stopper? Does 3 promise 5+, does 3 promise 5-good or 6 ...
4 Convention Cards on the table possible motion
SAYC convention card is available on acbl site:, Learn, Important Documents, Convention Cards, on lower right side is tab where TDs could go to print out multiple copies of SAYC CCs ahead of time to provide to those they are instructing to play SAYC. It's another PIA ...
What does this double mean?
Steve: the operant letter here is the "I". It carries with it certain assumptions (or is it presumptions) that, for my personal experiences, often haven't been supported by reality. Anyway, as previously documented/ confessed elsewhere, it's always my fault, responsibility transfers in competition or not.
What does this double mean?
DSIP is an oxymoron.
where did east-west go wrong on this hand
I always get scolded or dissed: this is nothing new. In fact, when I was born, the doctors spanked my father. It's taken over 65 years but I've gotten over it. I'm now more interested in how to better evaluate such hands.
where did east-west go wrong on this hand
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