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John Miller
John Miller
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Member Since
May 16, 2011
Last Seen
July 13
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I have been living in Discovery Bay, California for a couple of years now. My wife learned to play during her nights off when our oldest son was a newborn. He is now 16 and both he and his younger sister have learned to play. They play at all of the youth nationals and I hope the family plays in a Swiss someday.


When not working or playing bridge, I like to play the piano and be on my skis - jet in the summer and snow in the winter. Last spring I got to be in the pit band for Cats, with my daughter playing Grizabella, and this spring I look forward to being in the pit band for South Pacific.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
7th in 2013 Roth Swiss, won 2015 GNT-A, 2012 District 6 GNT double (Open and A), 2011 Machlin Pairs, 2nd in a club game with my daughter when she was 11, won 1998 Devon Duplicate
Regular Bridge Partners
Stephen Drodge, Lynn Shannon, Cris Barrere, Robbie Hopkins
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Diamond Life Master
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Kickback Konfusion
It's possible you're right. There is a tendency, at least in my mind, to ascribe all such bidding ideas to Rodwell if I don't know another source. As a first approximation it's more likely to be correct than any other bidding theorist. A couple of years ...
Kickback Konfusion
4 is an artificial relay to 4 after which the 4 bidder makes a natural non-forcing slam try. 4 is a relay to 4 which can be passed or over which bidding game in a known suit is a signoff. 4, 4, and ...
Kickback Konfusion
That seems unnecessarily limiting once they revert to natural bidding. Perhaps in a full relay system it makes sense as the non-relayer has no context to issue an invitation, etc. Here opener will have great context in knowing responder has a club void and can appropriately evaluate club cards.
Kickback Konfusion
Three suits in focus ... you're at the 3 level ... why not Mulberry here? North hand seems suitable for a non-forcing slam try in hearts given the previous auction.
Fit Jumps vs Splinters in competition
Looks like I'm the only one who checked other, so I guess I have to elaborate. The following is in the context of a strong club system, so this mainly applies to major suit openings. I prefer to treat auctions separately on their merits; e.g. 1 - (1 ...
Asking a question as declarer behind screens
If you play against Dale and Lynn behind screens, sit on Lynn's side if you wish to be asked fewer questions.
Reminds me of the old SNL skit about the First National Change Bank. "How do we make money? One word. Volume."
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
It's possible that after the 3 bid Rodwell should have downgraded his hand and made a non-serious slam try. Easy to say from the armchair; after all, he was 6-5 and Meck had shown extras. It may depend on what the standards are exactly for bidding 3 ...
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
I think the way to think about Meckwell's system is that it is naturalish with a lot of artificial ways to save space. By naturalish I mean they primarily show suits and support. In the auction on this board ... 1C - SFA 2C - diamonds, 8+ 2H - spades 2N - exactly three ...
ROBINSON Wins USBC Round Robin
I for one am rooting for Max to go all the way.

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