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Gerben Dirksen
Gerben Dirksen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 1, 2011
Last Seen
13 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Director
about me

Originially Dutch, now living in Fürth, Germany. Silver TD. Played for Dutch U20 in Channel Trophy, German U25 in Euro championship.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing against the stars in the Forbo, Verona Mixed Pairs
Bridge Accomplishments
Former Junior National Team player
Regular Bridge Partners
Norbert Stübinger, Michael Thomsen
Member of Bridge Club(s)
BC Nürnberg Museum, Kultcamp Rieneck
Favorite Tournaments
Pula Festival, German Bridge Team Trophy
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gerben Dirksen - Oliver Hevemeier
2/1 GF
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Norbert Stübinger - Gerben Dirksen
Short !C with intermediate 2-bids
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Today i'm not stating but asking.
It's really 9-12 with some hand evaluation, but still. 3rd seat I think it's rather brave, considering partner couldn't open 1NT 9-12... The real problem with ranges like 8-10 is what to do with the rest of the balanced hands...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
2 as majors or strong was actually played by Brink-Drijver... In fact they had a written up accident with it, playing 2 when 7M was cold.
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Flann... oh forget it :)
BBO Dealer scripts
I can provide the following script which produces random Goulash hands. The nice feature of the script is that the user can set the amount of deals to be discarded. My standard value is using goulash < 200, which discards approximately 99.6% of deals. Dependent on target group, I have used different values as well. Just in case you want to have some fun. Of course with the script it is still possible to get a 4333 hand. It has just become more unlikely. And probably the other three players have to suffer for your balanced hand... # This script produces Goulash hands. # The amount of freakness can be hand set. # Copyright Gerben Dirksen goulnorth = (spades(north)*hearts(north)*diamonds(north)+ spades(north)*diamonds(north)*clubs(north)+ spades(north)*hearts(north)*clubs(north)+ hearts(north)*diamonds(north)*clubs(north)+ spades(north)*hearts(north)+spades(north)*diamonds(north)+ spades(north)*clubs(north)+hearts(north)*diamonds(north)+ clubs(north)*hearts(north)+clubs(north)*diamonds(north)) - (clubs(north)*hearts(north)*diamonds(north)*spades(north))/3 gouleast = (spades(east)*hearts(east)*diamonds(east)+ spades(east)*diamonds(east)*clubs(east)+ spades(east)*hearts(east)*clubs(east)+ hearts(east)*diamonds(east)*clubs(east)+ spades(east)*hearts(east)+spades(east)*diamonds(east)+ spades(east)*clubs(east)+hearts(east)*diamonds(east)+ clubs(east)*hearts(east)+clubs(east)*diamonds(east)) - (clubs(east)*hearts(east)*diamonds(east)*spades(east))/3 goulsouth = (spades(south)*hearts(south)*diamonds(south)+ spades(south)*diamonds(south)*clubs(south)+ spades(south)*hearts(south)*clubs(south)+ hearts(south)*diamonds(south)*clubs(south)+ spades(south)*hearts(south)+spades(south)*diamonds(south)+ spades(south)*clubs(south)+hearts(south)*diamonds(south)+ clubs(south)*hearts(south)+clubs(south)*diamonds(south)) - (clubs(south)*hearts(south)*diamonds(south)*spades(south))/3 goulwest = (spades(west)*hearts(west)*diamonds(west)+ spades(west)*diamonds(west)*clubs(west)+ spades(west)*hearts(west)*clubs(west)+ hearts(west)*diamonds(west)*clubs(west)+ spades(west)*hearts(west)+spades(west)*diamonds(west)+ spades(west)*clubs(west)+hearts(west)*diamonds(west))+ (clubs(west)*hearts(west)+clubs(west)*diamonds(west))/3 goulash = (goulnorth * gouleast * goulsouth * goulwest)/1000000 # Modify this number to generate deals of different freakness # As a guideline, some values of the inverse fraction # of the number hands thrown out are shown below. # A value of 1000 means there will be 1000 hands generated # for each hand produced. # # A recommended value is around 200. # # 500 -> 2.5 # 400 -> 7 # 300 -> 30 # 250 -> 75 # 200 -> 240 # 150 -> 950 # 100 -> 5500 ...
DONT vs. Meckwell
Don't care for either if opponents open 1NT, but we play Meckwell after opponents Dbl our 1NT.
Even More Social Distancing Distractions
About five suit bridge - there was a Dutch bridge horror story about a bridge player playing against the devil. Five-handed, of course, on a pentagram table. Anyone else know this story? Has it been translated to English?
Gatlinburg regional (4/20-26/2020) is NOT cancelled
It sounds more like: "We know it's probably irresponsible but we are not going to be the ones to financially wreck the district."
Have you heard of this lead agreement?
Lead trumps? Maybe not what you really want to do but at least it's clear.
Have you heard of this lead agreement?
One example mentioned by Kit, declarer ducking with AJx and partner looking at the Q, thinks you have led from AK and switched to a singleton.
The Absolute Boundless Power of Gazzilli
Playing intermediate two-bids this would be a hand where opponents with combined 25-count will save us after 2 - pass - pass. As for Gazilli, as others have noted, as you cannot play 2 you would be playing 3, assuming that you didn't pass 1. Which I ...

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