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Neal Smith
Neal Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 4, 2013
Last Seen
Feb. 12
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, Phoenix (OR) Sectional Swiss, September 2019.
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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Bid the correct grand
Shouldn't this be a single-dummy bidding problem? There are layouts where 7 or 7 makes but 7 goes down. So, single-dummy, first decide what contract you'd like to be in, then show how to bid it.
Bridge and the Environment
Discussed before in 2016: Been almost 4 years so maybe not a bad time to bring it up again.
Believe What You See
My logic may be flawed, but I wondered why East discarded a rather than a at trick 2. If I'm East I'm picturing partner with A or A for his 1 overcall. Lacking a side Ace, I'd expect a pre-emptive overcall instead. Holding 3 ...
EKCB in Opener's Suit??
At my level, bidding exclusion in partner's suit is a death wish. If not playing Flannery, how about opening 1NT?
Sandwich NT versus X
Great topic, and shows the importance of discussing everything we play. Just saying "yes, let's play sandwich NT" isn't enough. As an example: At a nationals, I bid a Sandwich 1 NT, holding a weak hand with 5-5 in the unbid suits. Partner alerted, and when asked, said ...
Weirdest Bid
At my level I see lots of weird bids. I forget the exact hands, but the bidding went (1) - 2NT by partner - (Pass) - 3 - (Pass) - 4 - All pass. Partner put down a 14 HCP 1-4-4-4 dummy for me. -200 and a matchpoint bottom. LHO couldn't resist ...
Weirdest Bid
What does it take for partner to open 2?
Stuff happened.
First, you should have explained your own options to yourself. You might have decided to accept the 4 bid - hopefully that would have been a clue to partner to think twice before repeating his 4 bid.
Director in distress
Other. The director cannot simply take North's word for it. At this point I think it's up to North to find EW and bring them to the director for a ruling.
Opener's 2/1 rebid: confirm the 6 or show the 4?
3 NT after opener shows slam interest? why not 4?

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