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Craig Biddle
Craig Biddle
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
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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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Rebidding a second suit after Jacoby 2NT
It's not so much about HCP as suit quality and slam potential. I wouldn't, for example, bid 4 with KJ10xx Qx x KQJxx but would with AQJxx xx x KQxxx.
Interesting deal from Friday club pairs
Always lead a trump against doubled contracts when you think your side may have all the side suits under control. If I had followed this advice myself, I would have an NABC+ championship to my name.
1z rebid by opener after 1y response by passed hand.
I considered this auction to be forcing for a long time, but don't any longer. The reason I changed was that it simply didn't seem to matter, and I now respond to opening bids much lighter than I did in the past. I remember passing after 1-1 ...
USBF To Hold U31 Trials for 2020 WYBTC
I suspect funding will be found for the US team(s). There are several top pros who are in that age group. And some of the top sponsors are generous in their support for such events.
How do you play this 6!S contract?
You guys seem to have nailed it.
Matchpoint Defense Problem
Yes, this is from "The Working Horse." So there was no discussion of the meaning of the 9 possible. And Leif-Erik's point that declarer can simply cash out the diamonds and squeeze E out of a vital card makes the problem a poor one. If E pitches a club ...
Matchpoint Defense Problem
Yay! Finally we get to the problem I intended instead of side discussions about Smith and the flat earth theory, and the validity of the 3-5 HCP 1NT opening. Assume that partner has the critical Q. How can we tell whether to shift to a low heart to ensure getting ...
Matchpoint Defense Problem
Leif, your hypothetical 3=2=5=3 hand has only 13 HCP.
Making the Best of a Bad Situation
Once E shows up with a card in each minor, I can discount a 7-1 break in either major. Indeed, my line also works if E is 6=6=1=0 as long as his diamond is the J or 10. So the only risk to this line, other than ...
Making the Best of a Bad Situation

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