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Neal Smith
Neal Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 4, 2013
Last Seen
11 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

After 40 years as ACBL member, finally had time to play regularly starting in Jan 2013, and made LM June 2014.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Wins: Regional 0-20 pairs (1970s); D21 Flight C GNT, 1998; Phoenix (OR) Sectional Swiss, August 2013; Seaside (OR) Regional Gold Rush, Sep 2013; Sun River (OR) KO Bracket 2, May 2014; Medford Regional B Swiss, May 2017.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Phoenix, OR
Favorite Tournaments
Medford (OR) Regional, Seaside (OR) Regional, Sun River (OR) Regional
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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San Diego NABC Appeals Casebook with commentary available online
N4 - “West agreed that he erred; it had to be correct to play the King at trick four.” Wait. Isn’t this a standard restricted choice position? If so, finessing was correct. Doesn’t change the ruling, but what’s up with West’s comment and why didn’t anyone ...
How would you bid this hand?
Or passes. With 1-3 in the minors.
What should the selectors do?
Apparently that’s too sensible, or the question wouldn’t have been asked.
Please, One More Time for this Theme
Ed asks: “ Do you, in instances such as this, pass?” Yes. At a Regional Swiss, pickup partner insists we play Bergen raises, on over X. So the bidding goes 1 (X) 3 - no alert (P) 3 all pass, making 4. At the compare (lose 10) partner and ...
Percentage Shift
Opening 1 as suggested on page 2 may have helped the defense against 4. Now declarer places the K with East and is much less likely to find the winning line. On the other hand, opening 1 might encourage West to lead one.
Who made the worst bid (if any)
I’m giving you a like even though I now hav an ear worm, because it is not in. Y list of 50 worst ear worms.
Is there a good reason to declare an overall winner comparing both directions?
I’ll bet the swatch still runs.
The Death of 4-Session KO's
Another reason to dislike 4 session KOs: if you draw unpleasant opponents, you are stuck for an entire session. Not much bracketed “Swiss” offered in my neck of the woods, but I played in one at the Wilmington regional and enjoyed it.
Freak Deal appeal
North: why not 6 over 5?
Neal Smith's lead problem: Q9652 J73 A92 92
Spoiler alert. So I pictured dummy with 5-4-1-3 distribution and declarer with 5-6 in the minors, leaving partner with 4 s. If his s include the J or Q, then declarer will need at least 2 ruffs in dummy. I can stop this with a trump lead! By now you ...

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