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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started out in the NYC area, moved to DC burbs in 1990.  Enjoy the challenge of playing different systems with different partners though getting old and forgetting sucks!  I am a bidding problem junkie (MSC, It's Your Call, etc.) though I sometimes realize my action at the table and the action I choose for the contest aren't necessarily the same!

I enjoy tournaments and play in them more than in club games.  Go to occasional nationals and hope to do more of those in the future.

Did manage my highest ever finish in an open National event by coming in 2nd in the Fast Pairs at the 2018 Spring tournament in Philadelphia.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
beating Carolyn Lynch's high-powered squad (Balicki/Zmudzinski, Passell/Wold) in a regional KO final - down 15 at halftime and 41 after the first 6 boards of the 2nd half, we won the last 6 boards 43-0!
Bridge Accomplishments
Too many regional wins to count, nearly winning Flight A GNT in 2012, 2nd in 2018 NABC Fast Pairs in Spring Nationals (Philadelphia)
Regular Bridge Partners
Lyle Poe, Mark Chen, Robbie Hopkins, Leo Lasota
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Washington Bridge League
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Common False Preference
agree completely, Len. How are we ever supposed to find our 4-4 (maybe even 5-4 especially if we're not playing some sort of BART type system) heart fit if we don't bid them? I'm in the camp that 95+ percent of the time, I bid 2 ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: ATxx AKxx x KQxx
I might GF at imps but I'm fine with just an invite (especially if a descriptive 3 is not a GF) at matchpoints
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: ATxx AKxx x KQxx
3 not a GF for me. jump reverses are splinters but only forcing to 3M, so that if partner's hand here is xxxx xx KQxx Jxx we can stop in 3.
ATB- missing spade contract
South evidently thought his 2 bid showed approximately what he would have if his RHO had passed over 1, but I believe in competition I think South has to do more since now 2 is usually defined as a sound minimum with 4 spades, and South has ...
Asking Laws questions during the game
for those who want/need to know more about "Crates" (version of the old card game "Crazy Eights"), see Wiki:
You Be the Judge: who overbid?
I agree with the auction though a puppet Stayman try (assuming the partnership can open 1NT with 5 card major) as suggested by David C. is certainly reasonable. At matchpoints we're mostly "going with the field" here. Sometimes you don't get a good lie. But you can get ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: A765432 QJ63 --- K5
4 splinter is too space-consuming here (doesn't even leave any room for partner to do Last-Train)... much better to just show GF hand with 4 trumps and gain info from partner's response to Jacoby. Especially good if one plays more sophisticated response structure to 2NT.
Too Conservative or just Unlucky?—ATB?
One of my partners and I have a way to show limit raises and stop at 2M; we play 1NT responses to 1M opening bids as game forces (starting relays), freeing up 2/1 suit bids to be artificial with 2 replacing the "standard" forcing 1NT, and "one under ...
Too Conservative or just Unlucky?—ATB?
yes West can envision that if there any black suit finesses (partner having AJxxx for example, or club holdings like what East has, or AQ, etc.) that they are a bit more likely to work after the preempt.
Too Conservative or just Unlucky?—ATB?
checking the hand record for that event (board 9 in afternoon session, easy to find in ACBL Live), surely seems like the South hand has a pretty auto 3 jump at favorable vulnerability on J KQ9642 72 QT76 - then West will probably bid 4 since he is a ...

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