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Mark Bartusek
Mark Bartusek
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Member Since
Sept. 19, 2015
Last Seen
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Bridge Player
about me

Retired software engineer - Electronic Warfare (F-18 Superhornet) with Raytheon / Hughes Aircraft Companies

Texas Hold-em and Pot limit Omaha player

Long-time owner of 1994 Mazda twin-turbo RX-7 modified to almost 400hp


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Partner and I played 3 quarters directly against Meckstroth/Rodwell in the Vanderbilt KOs. We got the best of them in 2 of the 3 quarters at our table and we knocked them out of the event!
Bridge Accomplishments
5th overall in NABC Blue Ribbon Pairs, multiple 9-16 overalls in Vanderbilt / Spingold events, 1st overall in 0-5,000 and 0-10,000 NABC pairs (played each event ONLY once), 4th overall in NABC Fast Pairs, 4th overall in NABC North American Swiss, 1st (twice) and 2nd (twice) in the annual BridgeWorld MSC Contest (out of 6 attempts), National Appeals Committee co-team leader for 15 years.
Regular Bridge Partners
John Jones, Michael Schreiber, Jeff Miller, Carreen Hinds, the late Marshall Miles, Rick Panter, Will Beall, Jack Yeasley
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Santa Barbara, CA
Favorite Conventions
Kaplan Inversion with Flannery 2D
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Gary Ansok's bidding problem: J76 AJ6 AT876 85
I play XX as showing “exactly a doubleton” in partner's suit along with decent values. I can then usually leave any follow-up action to partner, if he so desires. If holding shortness in partner’s suit then you probably would either bid another suit or trap pass. Some players ...
Chris Chen's bidding problem: KJ9 AKQJ9865 Q 2
For those partnerships on firm ground a 5 bid here would be “Super Gerber” since with s one would have either raised 3 to 4 or else bid 4 right now setting the trump suit.
Winston Chang's bidding problem: J4 K5 AK9742 T92
This is why I dislike the invitational 3-level jump shifts unless holding shortness in partner’s major. One loses a 6-2 major suit fit too often (and sometimes a 5-3 fit when partner opens 1). Michael Shuster even reminded us in an email a while back that in ...
Range Stayman after a Protective 1NT?
As I’ve mentioned in other threads I strongly recommend Mike Lawrence’s simple and straight-forward system: 1/1 - P - P - 1NT = 12-14 (with 15-16 you double and rebid 1NT) 1/1 - P - P - 1NT = 12-16 (with Range Stayman) NOTE: Many years ago in The Bridge ...
Jakob Kristinsson's lead problem: xx xx AKxx Kxxxx
I’m always wary of trusting the opponents bidding too much. Leading a club is trying to defeat the contract “2 non-vul tricks”. I’m content with down 1 and I don’t want to risk a catastrophe… e.g. 1) North might have been ashamed of his hand or ...
Jakob Kristinsson's lead problem: xx xx AKxx Kxxxx
King (expecting count from partner). I'm surprised that there are 14 leaders and only 1 other leader. We need a trick to defeat the small slam (certainly not getting a heart trick). I can always switch to a club at trick 2 to get the ...
Gabriel Carrasco's bidding problem: 4 J74 AKJT76 864
Clearly that was not the issue I was addressing when I agreed with Fleet in favor of a 1NT-3NT auction at MPs. Obviously if you happen to have Puppet available (i.e. 1NT-3) then it couldn’t hurt to look for a 5-3 fit before bidding 3NT. But ...
Gabriel Carrasco's bidding problem: 4 J74 AKJT76 864
I would also have bid an immediate 3NT opposite the presumed 15-17 HCPs, but admittedly the above sequence might work out better in a small percentage of cases. The general concepts that I, my partners, and most people I’ve discussed this with adhere to are: 1) At Matchpoints this ...
What do you use 3N and 4m for?
All I can say is that the ACBL is very clear in the OLD GCC which is in effect until our November Nationals (when the new charts take effect). 9. OPENING THREE NO TRUMP BID indicating one of a) a solid suit. b) a minor one-suiter. ...
What do you use 3N and 4m for?
ED: Can you run your software and calculate what the odds are for an 8-9 trick hand with "either a solid or a 1-loser" suit suitable for a Namyats bid?? i.e. compare how frequent that is compared to the solid major version thanx...mark
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