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Brad Craig
Brad Craig
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 24, 2015
Last Seen
Feb. 27
Member Type
Bridge Teacher
about me

Back after a seven-month boycott of the ACBL. Not playing much right now, but am on BW just about every day.

Other interests include pickleball, golf, and generally enjoying myself. I try not to take things too seriously, especially at a bridge table.



United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the second competitive bridge game I ever played in after finishing dead last in the first one
Bridge Accomplishments
the thanks of my students.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Unit 142, District 5, ACBL
Favorite Tournaments
Always liked Tampa-Bradenton regionals
Favorite Conventions
Ones that I can remember
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Responding to 1!d Opener Playing 2/1
(I am a dinosaur.) I prefer clubs to be longer than my major when I bid 2. (I am a dinosaur.)
Beating the Drum
7 - hopefully viewed as non-committal at this point 9 - same thing 2 - not a heart continuation. I can't possibly want a club and IMO suit-preference is overblown in importance.
Itzik Ezra's bidding problem: KQ8763 7 A9742 K
Partner has an invitational 3-card spade raise with a stiff diamond. At least that's what I hope.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: A8 8 A42 AJT8653
I'd rather make a pressure bid that obscures the double fit for the opponents. I think 3 futile as one of the opponents will be bidding over it.
Causes of lost time in high level pairs competitions.
I ranked the first three options 3-2-1, but IMO they're all equal causes of delay. And needless post-mortems; especially from pairs who have been specifically told not to do it.
Blind pass or bid!
So, one thing I gather from this discussion is: a system in which the first bid was an automatic Pass is illegal (assuming the player looked at their cards of course)? That seems weird to me. I grant such a system would be 'out there', but suppose I was in ...
YBTJ--Who is more to blame for this disaster?
South had a death wish?
Can you get to game here?
I may be alone in thinking 3 was bizarre. If the partnership opens light, then getting to this game is nigh impossible because South cannot be sure of the partnership has the 'power' part of a 'BOP' double. If the partnership opens soundly then South can scrape a double ...
Sathya Bettadapura's bidding problem: K AKT3 872 KQT43
At IMPS I would be sorely tempted to stretch to 3 if our philosophy was 'invite aggressively, accept sanely' based on the quality of my round suits. At matchpoints I'll take the low road.
My mentor would say as South: "You should be aware that your heart holding might be better than my spade holding." At any rate, 3 would have been forcing and 4 was rash.

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