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Barry Rogoff
Barry Rogoff
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 10, 2012
Last Seen
July 12
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Ruby life master. Former member of the Eastern Mass. Bridge Association (EMBA) Board of Directors and Quick Trick editor. Former member of the New Hampshire Bridge Association (NHBA) Board and webmaster. I write about and teach bridge. I wrote a bridge a column for the Nashua, NH Sunday Telegraph. I play when I can but I don't travel anymore.

I learned to play in college in the early '70s but had to take several very long periods of time away from the game. My first job out of college was on the ACBL Bulletin staff in Greenwich, CT, then Memphis, but I was too young and stupid to keep that job. My long-term career was in software development. I've been retired for about ten years.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Beating the world champions in the New England Knockouts.
Bridge Accomplishments
Two open regionals back when winning a regional event meant something. More sectionals and flighted or bracketed regional events than I can remember.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Tom Cheetham Club, Nashua, NH
Favorite Conventions
Light takeouts (aka Bhavnani), 2!D positive
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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How do you pronounce Jacoby?
Jah-KOE-bee is correct. I once had the distinction of being insulted by Ozzie for not being able to keep up with the play and his analysis on an overhead projector.
New minor on four-level: natural or cuebid?
In my experience the concept of the advanced cue bid is difficult to teach. In the example auction (1-1NT-3-4) students always ask, "why can't I have seven or eight diamonds and a hand without enough high-card strength for a 2 response playing 2/1? The ...
Defense to Strong Club Opening
I remember that. First they called it a "mandatory psych" then changed it to "a purely obstructive bid." It had the effect of ruining the elaborate sequences that started with 1-1 and 1-1. It also messed up those who played that all positive responses started with ...
Defense to Strong Club Opening
From a cynical standpoint, double and then explain that you have no agreement. Bad players used this against me when I played strong club systems and it works because it turns the auction into a guessing game. Of course it's illegal to use methods that have no purpose other ...
System over Strong 2!c
2 = 1+ control GF 2 = 0 controls 2NT = natural positive hearts The 2 positive response is based on the theory that there is an [b]enormous difference[/b] between one control and no controls. If you open 2 with a major one-suiter and four or fewer ...
Arrogant or Obvious
It's a matter of familiarity and mutual respect. If the opponents didn't know and respect me I wouldn't dream of claiming without stating a line.
System notes
Taking the question a step further and casting all ethics aside, invisibility would allow you to write down every trick that's been played, create hand diagrams with easy card transpositions, and run double-dummy analysis on possible positions. I find that idea just as reprehensible as any other form of ...
System notes
It would seem to depend on how important system memorization should be to bridge. If two opposing pairs playing elaborate systems agree to allow consultation of system notes, I wouldn't object.
'Count' discards and disclosure
I make bids to tell myself what to lead all the time ;^) Seriously, if I told a strong opponent, "we throw what we don't want and show standard count," I'd be very surprised if they accepted that as full disclosure. Based on experiences I've had with opponents ...
'Count' discards and disclosure
What we "don't want" to keep because we don't need to? Or what we "don't want" partner to lead?

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