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Barry Rogoff
Barry Rogoff
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 10, 2012
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I'm webmaster for the New Hampshire Bridge Association and a member of the NHBA Board of Directors. I also write about and teach bridge.

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. A direct 1NT overcall is an 8-13 HCP takeout with two or three spades. A direct cue-bid over 1C, 1D, or 1H is an 8-13 HCP takeout with four or five spades. Double is 14+ HCP and can be offshape.
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ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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How do you play this bid?
The original post didn't say anything about BWS being played by either side. Assuming you have no idea what methods are in use, there's no way to know the strength and/or shape of a hand that opener would have for a free 2 reverse. Thus responder ...
How do you play this bid?
2 at this point would be a reverse with at least four spades and longer clubs so it matters whether or not it would be forcing for a round in competition. It also matters whether or not 2 is forcing and/or artificial. Some people play transfers in ...
2d response to opening strong artificial 2C
Whether or not to open 2 with a strong two-suiter deserves a thread of its own and has little bearing on how to define a 2 response to 2 other than the fact that step responses to show points or controls may prove to be costly because ...
2d response to opening strong artificial 2C
"...the inherent self-preemption of an artificial 2-level start for describing a strong hand--inevitably bites us in the backside on certain deals." It certainly does. That's a large part of the reason why defining 2 as a game force is too unilateral for my taste. I much prefer to ...
2d response to opening strong artificial 2C
It's not my notion. It's just something I noticed while studying Garozzo-Forquet hands to compare how they played the system to what's written in the books.
2d response to opening strong artificial 2C
Ed, having played Blue Team Club for many years, I appreciate the value of control responses as much as anyone. Shortly after I started playing it, I had an auction that went 1-1-7NT and I claimed before the dummy came down. But even with the extra space provided ...
2d response to opening strong artificial 2C
I don't know what a mainstream 2 is but I certainly wouldn't define unbalanced hands in terms of high-card points. If I had to play control responses, the steps would be one, zero, two, three, etc. The subsequent bidding would be much like Blue Team Club in ...
Yes, there was only one Blind Faith album but I still love it no matter how many hundreds of times I've played it. I have a few Cream and Blind Faith bootlegs but good ones are extremely hard to find. Sure, I liked the other groups too but Clapton ...
No. "Born Under a Bad Sign" is a blues song played and recorded by Cream among others. Cream and Blind Faith defined a large part of my youth.
And this 3NT is? (This one's a bit harder. I think. But maybe not.)
Everyone has to decide where to draw the line. In a club game I let the opponents know whenever a bid means something other than what I think it would mean to Mama and Papa because they keep the game going.

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