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Merril Hirsh
Merril Hirsh
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 2, 2012
Last Seen
Sept. 22, 2017
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a lawyer with, unfortunately, a full time day job that cuts into my bridge.  Seems unfair.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing the Nickell team in the Vanderbilt
Bridge Accomplishments
Becoming the 64th seed in the Spingold; various nth finishes in open pairs and B-A-M events at NABCs; various wins or top 5 finishes in regional events
Regular Bridge Partners
Monique Smith
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
fit showing jumps
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Road to the GNT Final Four Part 1
Thanks, Mike. This is terrific.
USA Wins World Youth Teams
Congrats! That's terrific!
Advise The Tournament Chair: A Tale Of Three Pairs
Yes, you can. But that is pretty cumbersome, potentially creates time pressure and has the disadvantage of allowing opponents to remind themselves of their complex system. (I'm not saying the people using the system are unethical. I'm saying they are human. One of the disadvantages of playing a ...
Improving the Seeding Process
I am also someone in this category. (In fact, my partner and I are developing a cottage industry of being very close or up after three-quarters before losing our round of 64 match. There doesn't seem to be much of a market for it, but you never know). I ...
The Price of Information
Alan, I think the point is good, but I wonder about your example. With AJ10x responder might actually be worried about a club lead through the holding. With xx it is more complicated, as declarer holding AJ10x is now good. That would especially be true if you have methods for ...
The Price of Information
Great article, Han. So great, in fact, it overcomes the disclaimer at the beginning. (But then there an attractive irony to have in that in an article that weighs cost and benefit against each other). One other thought just to complicate things along the lines of some of the other ...
Many Options
OK, thanks. I was just reacting to the statement that "If you think about it, it should be clear that East has the queen of hearts." You might want to edit it.
Many Options
Corrected, thanks.
Many Options
On east's return of the J of hearts marking him with the Q, the analysis is very interesting. But isn't it possible that east has AJ tight and west led fourth best from Qxx53? East might lead the J hoping partner has the K, or trying to avoid ...
BBO format
This is really unfortunate. I have used both, but much prefer the windows version to the web version. I find the web version more difficult to see, and more awkward to navigate. I also find that it sometimes spools for a while when trying to get on, especially when the ...
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