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Ed Davis
Ed Davis
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Member Since
Feb. 4, 2012
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Bridge Player
about me

I am a retired software developer. I grew up, went to school and worked in Southern California. I live in Seal Beach, CA with my wife (Jamie), son (Michael), daughter (Sara) and our one year-old terrier (Gryffin [pictured]).

When I was introduced to bridge in my middle teens, I was fortunate that video games were not yet around to be a competing interest. My life as a teenager, like that of most of my friends, revolved around girls and sports. Little did I know then that the game of bridge would subsequently have a huge impact on my life (spouse, friends, vacations, free time spent playing, reading and thinking about bridge).

The reward from playing bridge for me is the sense of accomplishment that comes from doing something well. Bridge is, to me, constantly challenging and never boring. I also find bridge theory intriguing – in particular trying to think of more effective ways of bidding.

United States of America

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Jill Meyers, Sid Brownstein, Mitch Dunitz, John Swanson
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How do you ask for aces?
In my initial comment in this thread on the usefulness of optional keycard in an auction where it is difficult to discover both degree of trump support and number of keycards, I may have made the use of optional keycard seem simpler than it really is. The mechanics of responding ...
Control-Showing Responses to Strong 2!c Openings: General Thoughts?
I have never played control-showing responses so I can't speak from the experience of playing them but the potential of starting the search for the best trump suit with a 3H or 3S bid instead of a 2H or 2S bid intuitively seems to make the bidding space too ...
Expected shapes?
Based on the information given, the auction through 4S seems logical to me. Opener should have been aware (but was apparently not) of the significant likelihood that responder was just trying to reach the best contract.
How do you ask for aces?
Taking control of the hand by bidding 4C on your example hand has the same risk as when you use Blackwood to ask for aces with no control in a suit where partner has not shown a control (i.e., you may be off the first two tricks of the ...
How do you ask for aces?
When responder to 1NT has 4M and 5+ m and opener does not show four cards in M nor raise 3m to 4m (e.g., on the actual auction), it will often be useful to have the agreement that 4m by responder is optional keycard with m as the trump ...
Expected shapes?
When opener rebid 2, he did not at that point in the auction show six spades (AKJxx xx Kxx Jxx or AQxxx KJx xx Qxx would be a 2 bid for me). However, since responder does not have to hold four diamonds to bid 3 (he could ...
UDCA and Smith
The importance of the Smith Echo is that it usually gives partner a crucial piece of information in time for partner to make a critical decision in the defense. I say “usually” since sometimes partner can’t signal at T2 because his play is constrained (i.e., partner cannot be ...
2/1: Fast Arrival in NT?
Ray, If your question about the rebid with a 5=3=2=3 12-14 HCP is addressed to me (I guess even if it is not addressed to me), I would rebid 2 with 12-14 HCP but I would rebid 2NT instead if my hand was in the same ...
What does this bid mean?
Self-splinter with slam interest. (I'm still waiting for my first 5=6 with slam interest.) If I had 5=6 with little slam interest, I would just bid 4 over 1NT with hearts that do not need a ruff to set up (AQJTxx, KQJTxxx or QJTxxx). Otherwise, I ...
2/1: Fast Arrival in NT?
I play 3NT shows 16-17 very likely with two small diamonds since the hand was not opened with a 15-17 1NT. With the same hand but with 15 HCP, I would rebid 2NT since my lack of anything in partner's long suit is a negative (the 2 bid ...

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