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Brian Zaugg
Brian Zaugg
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 26, 2011
Last Seen
May 21
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am a hotelier in Seattle (for nearly 30 years now), started bridge around 2000 (rubber, on yahoo.com), and duplicate around 2005. I like to bid, and because I like to bid I've had to become halfway passable as declarer. My opps around here like to bid, also, which forces me to learn at least something about defending (out of self-preservation). Never really learned "standard", so I struggle with that. If I wore jammies to bed, they would be baby NT (10-13) jammies. My home club is the Tuesday night game on Mercer Island at the Mercercrest club, where I also direct about every third Tuesday. It's quite a fun and strong game; come visit us when you're around.

My wife Liliana plays a few times a year, but not often. We have two adorable Basset Hound girls, and three cats. We live in Burien, which is Seattle if you don't live here, and a very nearby WWII era suburb (if you are from here). I support the Detroit Lions (so I must love pain), the Red Wings, and love Cedar Point, in Sandusky Ohio, greatest roller coaster park in the world. I love tacos, thin pizza, really peaty single malt scotches, and roquefort type cheeses. Never clear what we're supposed to put here. Jo Carol Pierce's "Bad Girls, Upset by the Truth" is an unbelievably interesting album, though I'm not sure quite what it is. I like people, and agree with JCP's statement that "friends are great, but for a truly thrilling life you must have strangers".

If you ever give me a bidding poll asking if something is an opening bid, it is. Period. If I would overcall with it (opposite an unpassed partner), I would open it. I really wish to play something like Moscito, and an 9-12 1nt, but live in the land of "if it wasn't invented on the Mayflower, it's banned", the ACBL. 

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Too many to list. It's why I play.
Bridge Accomplishments
Scoring over 60% with my mom as a partner at a very tough club game, twice. If you knew her, you'd know Zia would struggle to do that.
Regular Bridge Partners
Many more than I deserve. Play with me sometime, and you'll see why I have a different partner every day. :)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Mercercrest Bridge Club, Tuesday evenings only, Seattle area, very tough and fun game
Favorite Tournaments
Anytime I get to go to an NABC. But I work and I take non-bridge trips too, so I don't get to go very often.
Favorite Conventions
10-13 NT, inverted supp passes/doubles, non-inverted minors, non-michaels, opening all opening bids, big club, udca
BBO Username
trevahound
ACBL Ranking
None
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Does BBO favour north-south
Our side declares a disproportionate number of hands whatever direction we sit. But there are other obvious reasons for that.
ACBL Treating players as "owned" by a specific club
Ellis, you led with "everyone has the right to choose", but elsewhere argue that you have the right to decide if they can play elsewhere or not.?
ACBL Treating players as "owned" by a specific club
Ray, that response makes literally no sense, and completely fails to address the question you're obstensibly reply to. Say Eric wants to play with a friend from an NABC who lives elsewhere in that friend's club. Eric must (must, not may) get active permission from some club owner ...
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: AK862 A T8432 AK
3 also tells partner right away how slammish I am. Which is a big plus -- I'm assuming that jumps to 3 for you are natural and slammish or better, but that might not be a valid assumption. If partner does anything useful after 3, I still have ...
How bad can those Precision openers be?
Amen. I didn't get the question.
Should This Be Forcing?
This would be forcing in my regular partnerships, with the caveat that opener's pass would be takeout oriented, not clubs oriented. Might not be the best agreement, but I am reasonably positive all my regular partnerships would answer the same, and a sub-optimal agreement (if that's what this ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
David, I can't like this enough. This is my new favorite comment ever. A-damn-men.
Today i'm not stating but asking.
Third seat NV (with partner opening all 10 counts in 1st), we played 8-14 NT openers, which I think is sound. Sadly, the ACBL outlawed it with the last convention chart changes. If it's poor bridge, it would die out naturally or get it's own reward. It's ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Christopher, I'm miles from Adam's level (or any expert's level), but in Seattle there is a small cadre of not terrible players that play 2/1 not GF with a baby NT and a big club, with lots of system to make it work. I found it ...
Coronavirus and Sectionals
Here (Seattle area) you might struggle to find said hand sanitizer, especially in that quantity.
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