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Thomas Rush
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 10, 2015
Last Seen
Sept. 20
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Being in 3rd place in the Rockwell Mixed Pairs after Day 1.
Bridge Accomplishments
GNT Flight B 1st, 2019. NAP Flight B 3rd, 2016. Made Silver LM 2017, Ruby 2018, Gold 2019 (with the 75 I'll win before the end of the year!).
Regular Bridge Partners
Wes Peirce, Christine Denny, Harry Elliott, Dolores Aquino
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Westside Bridge Academy, Bridge Club of Houston
Favorite Tournaments
Houston Regional! Palm Desert, CA. The Nationals!
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
Christine Denny / Thomas Rush
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Bothell Washington Sectional 9/20/19->9/22/19
BotHell -- that is so much what I feel playing some tournaments on BBO!
2!c With an Unbalanced Hand
Don't forget to cover that a strong 2 opener in a minor suit -- particularly diamonds -- needs to be stronger than a major-suit oriented 2 opener
The 2!c strong opening is annoying
> It is also a good idea to put all positives without a 4 card suit > through 2D and use 2NT as a positive with 5+ hearts. I have yet to see a positive response without a four-card suit. Do they come up often for you?
Keycard response with ten trump
It's amazing how often you can take 12 tricks when you have 14 cards!
GNT Format: Going Forward
Perhaps the Truly Grand National Teams (i.e., the single flight, all KO event Art Korth describes) could also include a prohibition against any participant being compensated in any way for his or her participation, other than the ACBL or District stipend for winners?
GNT Format: Going Forward
It was said in the original thread on this topic that it was indeed because too many expressed displeasure at playing two full days to get only match awards -- as would happen by ACBL rules unless at least half the teams were eliminated on day one. It is what it ...
Blue Over Red Boards
To confuse things more, I've played a set of boards (a few years ago) where a particular board would have red card pockets to mark the vulnerability, and the very next board did not. I found this to be very strange. I've since seen it several times. I ...
Common False Preference
> But how did we get on the topic of bowling? I'm not sure, but now that we're there, can this topic get pinned? No, wait, strike that.
GNT Format: Going Forward
District 16 is almost all of Texas (leaving off a slice including El Paso and another slice that includes Amarillo) -- plus, we have all of Mexico. So yes, geography is a real issue in the GNTs and NAPs. I can't recall a team or pair from Mexico in either ...
A GNT Debacle: Too Many Winners
Perhaps both teams get to play in the national finals -- but regardless of the first-day scores, no more than one D22 team can advance to the KO rounds (ensuring that the second entry doesn't keep someone out of the KOs they would otherwise have qualified for).

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