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Gordon Bower
Gordon Bower
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 25, 2011
Last Seen
an hour 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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The cost of a bridge game
I have paid $5 to $8 at the various (mostly smallish) clubs I have been to over the years, with $5 the most common number. My previous club in Idaho survived an increase from $5 to $7 (concurrent with the building being remodeled) with no sudden exodus of members afterward ...
I feel your pain. That has been the same reaction I got every time I took a complaint to a unit and asked them to take action.
Tacos and Such
Didn't we just go to a lot of trouble a few years back (OK, it's been almost 10 years back now) to force all the units to incorporate as nonprofits, so they could enjoy these benefits and use them to help promote bridge in their area? My local ...
Chris Compton's blog
Chris's original post, and Mike's comment above, both are wildly at variance with my experience. I've been a member of 4 different units, all of which were eager to spend money every chance they could to help bring in new players - whether subsidizing someones's TAP or ...
I need help with probabilities
Finger-in-the-wind-ing may be as good as anything else. An exact answer is going to depend on quite a lot of different things. However, "close to 50%" feels like a good approximation. Suppose we call the aces, kings, and queens "meaningful cards", and suppose we hold two of these in our ...
To much talk
It at least might make quite a big difference. If you have a way of setting trump below 4M, but choose not to bypass it in favor of a direct 4NT, there's a very strong presumption that 4NT is natural in my partnerships. (This matters most in auctions like ...
The Rest of the Story
As you say, the correct criterion is that "all, or nearly all, hands that would overcall 3NT here would be opened 1♣." It looks from here like the 3NT overcall includes a range of, say, 16-22 balanced (Truscott's Bidding Dictionary writes it as "?16-22?"), plus a few oddballs with ...
ACBL CEO: Post-Mortem
Highlighting one sentence from Chris Compton's detailed report: "the BOD wanted Gidwani to follow their priorities, not his. He stood firm on his ideas." I suspect that one sentence sums it all up. Now, what we DON'T know, is who actually had the better set of priorities. The ...
Your opinion on partner's opening bid Gatlinburg KO.
I am fine with the opening and with the 2C, but I am bidding 5C immediately over 4H. If I choose to open the hand rather than waiting to stick in an unusual overcall, I am refusing to defend any major suit contract below the 5 level.
Does Anybody Play This Any More
I found I preferred the Negative Slam Double to the positive version. It's not in conflict with Lightner --- one applies when your side is obviously considering a sacrifice, the other when not --- but make sure you and your partner agree on whether it applies. I remember it coming up ...

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