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Larry Lowell
Larry Lowell
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 21, 2010
Last Seen
12 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

District 7, Unit 165, East Tennessee.

Retired Chemical Engineer.

I have most system books in English and a few in Italian and French.

Ultra Club Relay:

2019: Playing Precision-like system with Steve Moese.  :)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing in the Vanderbilt 2002 in Houston and meeting Kathi Wei. Standing in front of Benito Garozzo in Chicago (2015).
Bridge Accomplishments
NAOP-C Winner TX 1998, Winning 3 KOs @ Atlanta Regional 2005, 89 GMP; 1st in Educational Pairs - Virginia Beach 2010 Regional, 67%; ACBL Goodwill Award, Unit 165, 2014. Winning 2015 Knoxville Summer Sectional with 41 SMP. 78% game in 2017 playing 2/1 in 5 table game.
Regular Bridge Partners
Dwayne Hoffman - Keylime BLM, Robin Kell Sapphire LM, Robert Levedsque SLM, Naida Lamb, DLM, Steve Moese, Sapphire LM
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Knoxville Area Bridge Clubs (Director of Thur AM), Oak Ridge Bridge Association (Teacher)
Favorite Tournaments
Gatlinburg, TN Regional
Favorite Conventions
Strong Club and Canape with 4-cd Majors, 2016: Mosca Club with canape, C3: Copious Canape Club
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
Mosca Strong Club
Strong Club with Canape
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Copy of Precision - Lowell/Donner
Precision Club - with transfers
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Copy of Larry and Steve
Mosca Club, Canape
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Copy of 2/1 Stephi
2 over 1
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2/1 Jerry - Larry
2 over 1
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Pratt Precision
Jeff Pratt = Larry Lowell
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Copy of Larry Lowell + Steve Moese
Transfer Precision
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An SMP question: when 1!C - 1 !S = 5+ !S, 8+ (unlimited)
Transfer Positives work well and allow acceptance of the transfer to be a Beta (Ask for Controls, Aces & Kings). ALthough some system geeks prefer AKQ points. Either design helps with slam decisions.
2!d Opening to Show a Balanced 18-19 HCP?
The Italian approach to 2: 3 = 5-4 Majors (3 asks for longer M), 3 = 4-4 Majors.
How much do you play?
Direct once a week (4 years) and play 4 times a week. Several years ago also taught once a week. Have lost 200 plays by directing. ACBL Sapphire LM.
Sandwich NT versus X
I play 1NT is 4 + 5 and double is (a) 4-4, or (b) 15 hcp or more.
Pairs tactics: IMPs v Matchpoints v 'the room'
Playing Matchpoints with one of my favorite partners, I would double for takeout after overcalling: three places to play, let partner decide. We have a lot of experience playing 4-3 fits. Looks like 8 tricks in 2.
Who should have taken the bull by its horns?
I voted South, if he rebids 1NT then North has an easy 4 bid.
1NT overcall with a small singleton? Legal or Not in ACBL??
"On the Open Chart, shape restrictions do not apply to 1NT or 2NT overcalls intended to play, nor to an opening 2NT bid intended to play." ACBL Bulletin, Ruling the Game, Oct. 2019, pg. 30 Thanks to RB for the reference.
1M:2C, 2D showing a minimum
Playing Precision or a Strong Club System, we use the scheme to show distribution. 2 shows a canape: 4M & unknown 5-cd minor. However, playing 2 over 1 we use the scheme to show strength: minimum.
Slam bidding in a relay system
We require at least 2 controls for a positive response to 1, other strong club systems require at least 3 controls (GUS). After Beta, we have the option of using CAB for a specific suit control ask including 3rd round control. 10 or more controls if no singleton is ...
Slam bidding in a relay system
I have played Spiral Scan or Beta and denial cue bidding in several systems, but mostly strong club. I prefer Beta (Controls A & K), but Spiral Scan is powerful if you have suit agreement by the 3-level. The stronger hand uses Beta, either hand can start Spiral Scan or denial ...

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