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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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.

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
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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A Bart Bramley Story
David, if you finished a marathon in 1:55 I think that would be considered to be "quickly."
Why am I not that crazy about Bridge anymore these days?
There is so much beauty in this game. At the I/N level, a good session is bidding all your makeable games, even if you don't make some of them. And bidding and making a slam is a transcendent joy. As you progress, your targets get more and more ...
Attention to Detail
Last page you repeatedly refer to East instead of South.
Help settle an argument please
And that hand is the poster child for why you should have ducked the first spade. Now when the finesse loses, you just have a cashout.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J865 AK432 863 Q
You got it. A trump lead is not necessary on the actual layout, since partner has Qx 109 AJ9x AJ9xx and dummy will be A107x J876x KQ Kx. But some end positions will require care to beat, and declarer is good enough to set the defense one of those possible ...
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J865 AK432 863 Q
Minor suit takeout, strength nebulous.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J865 AK432 863 Q
Strong NT values or more in a balanced hand.
Missed Game; Missed Slam
See MR's comment above. Slam is probably just about 50-50. And since this is apparently a tough GAME to bid, bidding a slam at either MP or IMP is crazy. It would never have occurred to me to bury my spades over the 2 overcall. Oddly, this would ...
The New Tricks Tournament Series
Why does this matter to you? It seems to me that they are simply trying to minimize the dead space on the screen. I wish they would highlight the speaker when they are getting player commentary, but this is simply a great attempt to bring attention to bridge.
Muiderberg development doubt
If neither partner knows the notes, you have no agreements.

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