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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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Some Deals Are Just too Tough
true, I didn't say West *should* bid 3, but he might consider it - besides, you might have to bid to the 4-level anyway if the opps compete to 4, which might make if they have a little more shape than they had on this deal (diamonds 3-1 ...
Some Deals Are Just too Tough
if just going to support diamonds with the East hand over 1, then I'd have bid 3 (normally played as a mixed diamond raise, 7-9 with 4+ trumps) and if S passes, West can still try 3.
Found out something this weekend that I did not know (and perhaps some of you may not either?)
Thank you everyone for your opinions and general comments. I've learned a few things from this experience (and this article). I am troubled/puzzled by the uncertainty as to whether an alert is required/recommended (?) in Open+ chart 6+ board matches for when a pair "has an agreement" that ...
Found out something this weekend that I did not know (and perhaps some of you may not either?)
For everyone's information, there were no alert of the 1NT opening, nor was there anything said at the beginning of the match about "we sometimes open 1NT with a small singleton". The pro who opened 1NT said "I thought I was allowed to use my judgement (or use discretion ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: KQ8xxx Qx Jxx Kx
Some of what goes into answering this depends on one's agreements about weak 2 bid style (and perhaps along with opening 1-bid style in general, i.e. how light can you be in 1st chair?). I think this hand is a pretty close decision for me (and I play ...
How should these hands be bid playing 2/1 GF?
in a GF auction I don't think it's crucial for opener to "limit his hand" with his rebid over 2; I think more often 2 should show 6+ hearts though I admit that is far from a universal view.
How should these hands be bid playing 2/1 GF?
I agree - too many have "matchpoint-itis" when it comes to resting in 3NT when there is significant potential for a minor suit slam - here partner doesn't need extra HCP, just a working minimum - heck, if North's KQ is changed to A, then a GRAND in clubs is not ...
2 parter
still questionable... first - partner might simply bid more spades (3 or 4 depending on how good his hand is) instead of 4. If partner has 3 spades and you bid 4 over 4, he still doesn't know if you have 4 or 5 of them. If ...
2 parter
One has to figure out why partner chose 4 here (space consuming!) rather than other calls such as double, 3, 4, etc. - to me he MUST have a strong (4+ card) diamond fit, else he would have chosen some other action to describe a hand that doesn ...
2 parter
but partner will not assume 3 spades when you bid 2 here, you can certainly have a hand with 4, or even 5 spades that was too weak to act directly over the 1 overcall. When I have a 5 card suit I'll bid that instead of ...

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