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Brad Theurer
Brad Theurer
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 14, 2010
Last Seen
8 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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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 ...
2 parter
question is would that hand for partner open 1 or strong 2? Might depend on how light one's 2 openers can be. Also the opponents bidding this way with 11 hearts between them seems unlikely, especially at favorable vulnerability.
Beth Palmer (1952-2019)
I played against Beth many times here in the Washington DC area, she was always someone I knew would would be a formidable opponent. My condolences to Bill and Julie and others. Gone much too early... very sad.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: 6 94 AK97 JT8632
most play 2 (and often other 2-level bids) as various raises of partner's major so much of the time 2 not available as a natural bid over the double.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: JT986432 A754 --- 3
I was at the other table - what actually occurred is that Leo's hand only opened 3, it then went P-P-4, which was doubled (by the long clubs hand), thus only -500 at our table= to win the 7 IMPS. Nobody ran to diamonds.

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