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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

USBF Junior mentor (having a great time with a half-dozen [now 8] very eager youngsters from 12-16).  Nearly made the top 500 in 2017, planning a stronger effort in 2019.

Occasionally play on BBO against Cayne and his pros, or Richard Pavlicek and partner.  I enjoy the opportunity to play against that caliber of players.  Win occasionally, too.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Multiple GNT District wins back in the day, Once had 5 BRQ's in 9 tries but nobody noticed because it took 7 years and 3 cities. Four straight 2nd day quals in Platinum Point events.
Regular Bridge Partners
Phil Goulding, Fred Schenker
Favorite Tournaments
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional
BBO Username
1stPanda
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Major Disagreement with NT Interference
Meckwell and DONT are not designed to find the best contract, only an acceptable one. The very first time I played DONT (actually, it was called "Underside Two-Suiters" then) my partner overcalled 2 and I had a decent 5=2=3=3 so I passed. +90 and the Neanderthals ...
Dirty Talk
Adjust score and 30 day ban for South
Assume It Is Off
People are so hung up on your bidding system when this hand is a poster child for setting up your game-going trick before you run your main suit.
Winston Chang's bidding problem: KJ95 AJ32 632 AT
I'm with you. They both know that they don't have the ace of trumps. Sure, I'm probably beating this, but I trust my teammates to avoid no-play games, so I expect to win IMPs or break even just by passing. Those are the IMP odds to strive ...
Prelude to Bermuda Bowl-1959
The lineup was Hamman-Kantar (playing 4-card majors, Roman 2, and Flannery 2), Goldman-Eisenberg (an Aces pair, playing a precursor to Goldman's Aces Scientific methods), and Lazard-Rapee (playing a less structured 5-card major style). I checked the WC book. Eisenberg was one of the original Aces, but the ...
Ethical or not?
I won an IMP in a KO match this way, hopping K in front of AQ in an ending. I wasn't about to give it back, and declarer wasn't about to ask.
What is the right thing to do?
People play in club games for many different reasons. Describing a pair as a long-time partnership is inadequate. If this is a pair of club-level players who come out for the fun and the opportunity to exercise their machinery after 1, then it's probably the right thing to ...
Marley Cedrone's bidding problem: K7 9842 KQT4 AT3
I would rather lie about a deuce than a King. So I bid 2 as though I had K72 rather than 2NT as though I had K98x.
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: Q KT9852 KQ943 7
Even better if you're not. Then, when you bid diamonds next, partner will have a really good idea what you have.
Symmetric Two-Bids (clubs and diamonds both strong and artificial)
It would raise the excitement level significantly to play: 2 = strong or or bal, or weak 2 2 = strong or or bal, or weak 2 2 = weak both majors 2 = weak
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