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Paul Friedman
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 28, 2010
Last Seen
35 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I always play my partner's system; that way it is her/his fault.

Bald and overweight with a scruffy beard and usually wearing a hat. Loud and can nopt spell. Most often wearing a cat-themed Tee shirt, Down to living with only five of the prince and princes now. Before we moved from St. Paul, MN my spouse ran a cat rescue group which took in those animals most other could not. These were mostly "surplus" litters and elderly and sick cats. We and others in the group, Cause for Paws, tool the beasties into our homes and found permanent homes for most. For those we couldn't (or won't because we fell in love with them) stayed with us until the end.

Learned bridge in college (Class of 1970). I learned the game by reading every bridge book in the college and town library. Enjoy studying bidding systems and have played a wide variety thereof. Prefer a Strong Club/Weak NT canape systems. Never claimed this is the best approach, merely the type I enjoy. Now I am stuck with strong NT. five-card majors 2/1 GF. Ah well.

Started off my supposed adult life teaching Middle School. Loved the kids but not many of my fellow teachers. Taught in a Catholic School which is unusual for a non-practicing (or practicing) Jew. Needed more $$ when my wife became sick (uncovered bills of 6 times my annual salary) so got a job as a Home Office geek in group medical insurance. Ended up as a minority owner in a group medical reinsurance intermediary and manager. Chief nerd. Pricing, underwriting, IT, etc Enjoyed the pricing part the most as it was puzzle to be solved with insufficient data. Ya, kinda like bridge but playing with others peoples' money (in the multi-millions). The company was sold to a Biggie in 2000. I retired soon thereafter at the ripe old age of 53. Spent the next 10 years travelling the world; sometimes solely and sometimes with my spouse. In the early 2010s, we had to move to Florida to take care of my failing in-laws. After they passed, we are stayed -- my spouse likes it and I like my spouse, so ...

Current hobbies: Reading: Science Fiction (Neal Stephenson is my fav author). Physics (Time is my favorite sub-topic)

                         Bridge. Playing locally only. I have played off and on for a total of about half of the 50  years since I learned the game.

                         Watching my favorite sports: Bicycle road racing; Rugby (particularly 7s)

Heros: (Heroes?) Bridge: Michel Rosenberg and Edgar Kaplan for their work on ethics

                          Life: My brother who was an underpaid, overworked Public Defender for 45 years and continues the struggle in retirement.

                          Historical: Paul Robeson for whom I was named.; Dorothy Day who actually lived her beliefs; Dorothy Parker: Oh, if Could write like that.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Kibitzing O. Jacoby in his last Reisinger session; Guessing a Queen on a 2-way finesse. Last happened 8:39 p.m., 23 June 1986
Bridge Accomplishments
Regular Bridge Partners
Ian Wilson
Member of Bridge Club(s)
St Petersburg, FL
Favorite Tournaments
N.A. Nationals
Favorite Conventions
Anything that you and I both know and you know that I know it.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Jordan Lampe's bidding problem: A9875 KQ2 AQ6 Q9
I have excellent defense and a poor offense to defense ratio. I see no reason to bid. If partner has shortish hearts and some values, I expect a call from across the table. If partner has heart length where are we going?
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: A5 J KJT954 T843
I would bid 2 natural. If my partner forced me to play 2 here as artificial, I would pass.
Slobodan Guzvica's lead problem: QT83 A65 AQ KT87
s!3 or 5 depending upon my mood. I would have doubled 1NT for t/o. My partner's declarer play is better than my defense.
rules question
Doug: Well, the mid-chart is no longer; it's the Open Chart that counts. I see nothing in the Open chart which forbids opening this hand 2NT. Alerts a different issue.
rules question
But this is not an artificial opening. Clearly it was meant as a NATURAL 2NT. I strongly encourage all my opponents to open 2NT with this hand. :)
Playing With a Bot (PWB) test
The whole thingie including at the %7cmb% at the way thru v3b=web&v3v=5.3.1 is the link.
DONT vs. Meckwell
My strong preference is to have both 2 and 2 be natural. Therefore, I prefer Meckwell to DONT. While I play whatever partner likes/knows, I do start the discussion with: "2 and 2 natural and you decide with double and 2 of a minor mean."
Is this call alertable?
I do not understand why a natural pass is alterable, Michael. What meaning would the pass need to have for you to consider it non-alertable?
Is this call alertable?
I agree with Danny. I answered assuming no screens.
Structure and organisation of clubs
Stu: I know of at least one which as the letter of determination. I agree that the truth was stretched or they simply "forgot" about the non-teaching activities.

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