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Neal Smith
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Member Since
June 4, 2013
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April 22
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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.

Country
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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Odd auction. What happened here?
You absolutely have a director call. Opener has 13 HCP, 4 controls and 8 tricks opposite a balanced yarborough. The new convention charts define "Very Strong" as 14 HCP + within one trick of game or 5 controls + within one trick of game. This hand falls a couple of Kings short ...
Stig Holmquist's bidding problem: KT862 AKJ83 83 A
I prefer to play that 2NT denies a good 5 card side suit / source of tricks and also denies a hand that could splinter (if there is singleton it s an Ace.) Hence 1. This looks like slam but the hand is not suitable for 4 followed by ...
Finish this sentence
One possible response to a lead poll.
When your tires are flat
When it's unintended, the player will almost always immediately say "oops" and put down the correct bid card. Upthread I attempted to determine if this had happened and was shut down by the OP.
When your tires are flat
Abstain - not enough information. Yes, you realized your mistake, but what effort did you make to let the table know? Replace the bidding card? Say "oops". Or stay silent?
Where did East-West go so far wrong on this hand?
This has to be the most polite ATB post ever. You didn't even give "blame partner" as a voting choice. I think you need to go back to the drawing board and agree with partner that not all 12 point hands are created equal. You already know this, since ...
Michaels for the Majors Maybe???
Did you check the convention card? If it was marked for Michaels, then no adjustment. If it said Bailey then throw the book at them!
Responder's new suit after opener rebids suit
Great timing. Just last week, playing with a Std Am partner, it went 1 - 2 - 2NT - 3 - Pass, Making 6. Sigh. Experienced partnerships will have one of the agreements described above. In a casual partnership, new suit by unpassed responder is always F1.
How New Convention Charts Apply to Existing Mid-Chart Conventions
The new convention charts define preempt as "A jump bid (by either pair) that does not promise at least Average strength." Might not be how we would define a preempt, but in the new world of the ACBL, if it's not weak, it's not a preempt.
To Beer or Not to Beer?
I thought there would be an example hand.
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