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John D'Errico
John D'Errico
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June 19, 2010
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about me

Semi-retired mathematician (numerical analysis, applied math, linear algebra, statistics, etc.) I like woodworking, especially wood turning. I enjoy writing up bridge hands, which I find can improve my own play, by forcing me to think about what is happening at the table.

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Last Year's ACBL President Speaks Out
delete is time to consider an electronic Bridge Bulletin & Daily Bulletin?
The poll is seriously flawed, as others have stated. In fact, it is not true that the ONLY reason I pay my dues is for the bulletin. But if I do want the bulletin in paper form, that is the option I must choose, implying it to be true. So ...
Would you use a "smart" drug?
There I am, standing on the starting blocks next to Usain Bolt. 100 meters away is the finish line. The gun goes off, and 0.1 second later, I am at the finish line as my competition gives up in disgust, because I am wearing Acme Rocket Boots (obtained via ...
Matchpoint Strategy
You cannot pitch a spade, if your hope was to play on spades for a possible 10th trick. Of course, that only applies if you did not duck the heart.
My Turn to Speak
Exactly so. When you cook up a rather lame reason that you hope to sneak through, the real reason must have been far more lame.
Boy Scouts of America . . . Be Prepared
I'd add one more to the list: in context of my expected initial action, do I like my hand? That is, where does my hand lie among the spectrum of hands that would have made the same initial action (or possibly my expected rebid.)
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: T64 KQ3 4 AKQJ97
I'd give partner a random 5 count. Probably 3 diamond cards. That means it is entirely possible that partner has complete dreck in the form of a 4333 hand with two pointed queens. Vul versus not at IMPs, why would I bid again? Volunteering a possible -800 is never ...
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: --- QJ8732 AT6532 5
1♡ was my choice at first. But my fear is partner will expect some values for the bid. I don't like the idea that partner might want to double them in a high level spade contract, thinking I have some values. I'd rather show a weakish distributional red ...
A DCWMP assigned here. Director Call Without Merit Penalty. Oh. They don't have such a thing. ;-) What does weak mean? These days a good 10 count is often an opening bid. So a weak hand might be 9 or less. So I might see the difference in explanations as ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: J5 53 KQ8764 864
Pass, though I had a brief desire to bid 3♢ as a WJS here. In fact, I would forgive partner if they chose to do so. The shape is bad however. I won't commit us to the 3 level on a ratty suit with no assurance of a fit ...

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