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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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about me

2nd in the Silver Ribbons in Memphis 2019.  Many people have congratulated me for my finish, and then added that I should not be too disappointed that we didn't win.  I play the game to learn about the game and improve my capacity to play it well.  This result told me that I can play it well enough to win at that level, and the fact that I didn't actually win is totally irrelevant to me.

USBF Junior mentor (having a great time with a half-dozen [now 8] very eager youngsters from 12-16).  Nearly made the top 500 in 2017, planning a stronger effort in 2019.

Occasionally play on BBO against Cayne and his pros, or Richard Pavlicek and partner.  I enjoy the opportunity to play against that caliber of players.  Win occasionally, too.

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Contending the whole way in the Silver Ribbons and ending up second.
Bridge Accomplishments
2nd NABC Silver Ribbon Pairs, 2019. Multiple GNT District wins back in the day, Once had 5 BRQ's in 9 tries but nobody noticed because it took 7 years and 3 cities. Four straight 2nd day quals in Platinum Point events.
Regular Bridge Partners
Phil Goulding, Fred Schenker, Bernie Greenspan
Favorite Tournaments
Pittsburgh Labor Day Regional
Favorite Conventions
transfer responses to 1C and transfer rebids after 1D-1M
BBO Username
1stPanda
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Liam Milne's bidding problem: 7 KQT8 AKQJ KT75
Surely, if 4NT was not a key card ask, the poster would have specified the further methods here.
David Caprera's bidding problem: Kxx AK9xxx A8xx ---
And if I do bid 5NT and we settle in 6 of a red suit, the opponents might take a "safety save" hoping for -800 instead of -1370/-1430 against their partners' vul game.
Saving at MP?
You want to play guessing-game methods, you get to guess. Ian's suggestion that X shows shortage here isn't all that relevant. Nor is the identity of partner's minor. Saving is right if partner's hand is KQ10xx x 10xxx J10x. (You might even make.) Defending is right ...
Saving at MP?
Double game swings are a whole lot less painful at matchpoints (as specified in the post) than at IMPs. Bidding on is surely right at IMPs since 4 would require partner to have a peculiar hand for 5X to be a disaster.
Precision sequence 1D - P - 2C
The reason to bid 1 with 4-4 in the blacks and a GF hand is that opener will rebid 2 a very high percentage of the time when he has long clubs and can't raise spades.
World Championship update
USA 2 in the BB apparently suffered mightily from the last-minute replacement of Grue with Lall.
World Championship update
Agreed. 4 of 4 quals is quite impressive.
A diffferent kind of play problem
Let's see. If LHO has all 4 clubs, and I play ace and a club, RHO will get to pitch their diamond and discourage spades or ask for a heart lead, and I will be down at least 1 unless hearts are blocked. But if I play the Q ...
A diffferent kind of play problem
I think that risking making an unmakeable plus score because of a penalty card makes this play rather rash. But I like your style.
Fascinating Drop vs Finesse decision from Wuhan
As David Grainger points out above, ruffing with the 9 basically forces declarer to overruff and finesse in hearts.
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