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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
53 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

2nd in the Silver Ribbons in Memphis 2019.  Many people have congratulated me for my finish, and then added that I should not be too disappointed that we didn't win.  I play the game to learn about the game and improve my capacity to play it well.  This result told me that I can play it well enough to win at that level, and the fact that I didn't actually win is totally irrelevant to 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.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Contending the whole way in the Silver Ribbons and ending up second.
Bridge Accomplishments
2nd NABC Silver Ribbon Pairs, 2019. 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, Bernie Greenspan
Favorite Tournaments
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional
Favorite Conventions
transfer responses to 1C and transfer rebids after 1D-1M
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Fascinating Drop vs Finesse decision from Wuhan
As David Grainger points out above, ruffing with the 9 basically forces declarer to overruff and finesse in hearts.
Fascinating Drop vs Finesse decision from Wuhan
I meant ruffing with the 9 from Q9x.
How are people playing this Double these days?
I think the reason for this shift has been that 2NT openings are now weak enough to make a reopening double after 2NT-(3X)-P-(P) fairly dangerous. Simultaneously, the shapes with which many players open 2NT have become pretty freaky. So now the best meaning for double seems to ...
How are people playing this Double these days?
I started playing duplicate in 1968. From then until 1986 I was pretty active. In all that time, my partnership overcalled a 2NT opening exactly twice; both were at a Regional Swiss in Toronto, in a match against the late Frank Vine. After the 2nd one, he asked, "What do ...
Fascinating Drop vs Finesse decision from Wuhan
Yes, the argument about E holding Q9 is strong. But it should be noted that W could not gain a trump trick by ruffing the with the 9, so that holding is not completely excluded.
Fascinating Drop vs Finesse decision from Wuhan
Their agreement whether to treat 2=2=5=4 as balanced or unbalanced may depend on the specific suit holdings.
May the force be with you
I am pretty much in agreement with this. I believe that bidding 3NT, R vs. W, should logically create a forcing pass even though bidding a suit game should not. We can cue-bid on the way to a suit game to create an FP situation, but that cue-bid in a ...
Need help with this auction playing basic Transfer Precision
Trying to reach the pluperfect spot sometimes interferes with just getting to the 80th percentile contract. Neither partner should be bidding a grand here without a control ask. Usually Precision has low-level control asks available, and without one you just have to be content with getting to a sensible, if ...
Dave Beer's bidding problem: QJ7 QJT73 86 J62
Assuming that 1 showed an unbalanced hand, 2 seems clear. It's hard to imagine that clubs won't play a trick (or more) better than spades.
1!H - 2!S to Show Spades and a Minor
You should play 1-2 as less than invitational with 6+, so 1-1, 2X-2 is GF with 5+.

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