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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
13 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
about me

Creator of the grbbridge package for LaTeX bridge typesetting.


In daily life, statistics consultant at Excelsior Statistics and Optimization; in bridge life, double-dummy simulation guru, teacher, and club director.

District 18 ACBL Board of Governors representative. Author of a "Hand of the Week" teaching column on my site (on hiatus now.)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Going minus 1960... without anybody at the table having done anything wrong!
Regular Bridge Partners
Tanya McCully, Doug Dorland, Gavin McGimpsey (formerly: Michael Schmahl, Mike Keller, Debbi Purvis)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Flathead Valley DBC (formerly Farthest North BC)
Favorite Tournaments
All the Montana sectionals; Victoria BC
Favorite Conventions
Legalize Wilkosz 2D! Two-way club systems; sweep cue-bids.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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For Frank Stewart
I guess that's fair. Most Montanans wouldn't care to try driving in China either.
Revoke vs. Renege
In bridge, the distinction between renege and revoke isn't made, because it's always illegal to fail to follow suit when able. In some other games, such as 2-handed pinochle, there are times when you can legally not follow suit. [i]Any[/i] failure to follow suit when able ...
Book Report: Grant/Rodwell 2/1 GF
As a textbook for auctions that begin with a 2/1GF bid, I think it works fine. But it's not, by any stretch of the imagination, a complete guide to the system. It's very thin on how to handle any auction that *doesn't* being with a 2 ...
How should one disclose the strength of an opening bid
I voted 95% as a fair target, on the basis that my allegedly-standard-playing opponents never manage to do that well. I daresay that quite a bit more than 5% of the 15-17 notrumps, 11-15 Flannerys and precision 2Cs, and various other bids have been out of the stated HCP range ...
Poll on 4-way transfers
'Bid if you like it' wrongsides fewer contracts and keeps the auction half a round shorter on many of the weak hands: when responder has xxxxxx, opener very often has an honor, and is going to give the 'like it' response >75% of the time. When responder has HHxxxx, opener ...
The Huntsman Games
Probably sounds better than it really is. (I can't say firsthand - I don't know anyone who has gone to St. George to play in this. Though I knew lots of Idaho and Utah players who went farther than St. George to play other bridge tournaments.) Being able to ...
[ACBL] Open Chart Allows These Bids?
As Linda Marshall said -- this isn't something "reviewers missed," but rather, something that seemed very clearly to forbid transfer openings but allow various completely artificial openings (including 1D-showing-either-major.) It's hardly the first time it has happened. Under the old General Convention Chart I was forbidden to play a ...
Minimum expectation for an explanation
I already know it shows clubs - if it were artificial it would have been alerted. If I am asking at all, the relevant information is whether it promises/denies/is silent about extras, and perhaps what exotic distributions it might include.
for movement wonks only
The resequencing doesn't seem all that scary. However, next time, if you're aware that this MIGHT happen - ask table 2 to play board 5 first and table 3 to play board 9 first. (Similarly board 17 at table 5 and board 21 at table 6.) This will buy ...
What's your club policy ...
I'm sure the answer varies with the size of club some. I can answer for the 3 clubs I've spent several years each at (2 very small - as in Howell movements 2 or 3 times a week - and one medium sized.) At each of the 3, there were ...

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