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David Caprera
David Caprera
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Member Since
July 20, 2010
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9 hours ago
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about me

I am a lawyer in Denver, Colorado, married to Anne Brenner, my partner in life as well as bridge. I am on the USBF board, the District 17 disciplinary chair, coach of the USA under 26-2 junior team, and write a monthly column, "Sleeping on the Couch". A collection of my columns is now available in book form from Master Point Press. My 17,000 master points aren't worth a damn without a national championship and my dream is that some day I win the "Italian-American, pony-tailed tax specialist playing with the Francophile, retired pathologist four session senior mixed BAM."

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Platinum Life Master
Anne Brenner/David Caprera
2 over 1 except rebid
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Rafael Sacramento's bidding problem: AQJ952 KJ5 T QJT
Difficult deal. I like an in tempo 4S bid (very difficult to do.) It may induce a 5H bid. It may avoid a double. And it may be a "double game swing" which is the real reason I bid.
Do you open the bidding?
I was just the mentor. On Sunday nights the juniors play among themselves.
Do you open the bidding?
Soukup, you are right that position and vulnerabilty matter. Sorry, I was going from memory. I post too much stuff, but go ahead if you would like. I predict less people will open (I would open both, vulnerability is for children and all that), but I predict hand #1 still ...
Do you open the bidding?
So here is the story. I wanted to wait until I had enough comments that what I wrote was not sitting at the top for people to see before they voted. One of my juniors passed hand #1. Yes, shocking. In going through the deals afterwards, I made the observation ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
It depends on whether you come from Wyoming or Colorado. Other parts of the world have different names, "Newfoundland redoubles", "Polish redoubles", and Louis, I believe you call them "Le redouble de Provence" or is that "Languedoc"?
Play 3NT - Lots of Choices - Whole Hand
I had suggested DQ at trick 2 to see if they covered. This is very definitely a, "I want to be at the table and who are my opponents?" type of hand. It is usually wrong for North to cover the DQ. Picture QJx opposite A987 with South holding Txx ...
How do you play this bidding sequence.
I have played the Danielson "alpha, beta, gamma" methods. It isn't wrong but we are much more comfortable with the Meck Lite approach. It makes most auctions easy and less revealing.
Practice Finesse Works!
I apologize if I have told this story before. My first bridge book was Love's book on squeezes. I was a complete beginner and could not count my tricks. I would duck tricks left and right to rectify the count, even if they were all winners. I played for ...
“No True Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Wyoming redoubles, "They got us, pard."
How do you play this bidding sequence.
How do I play this sequence? 1C strong, 16+hcp 1S natural, 8+hcp, 5+spades 2S natural, sets trump, most likely 17-18 balanced with 4 spades 3C natural, 4+clubs. Slam interest opposite 17-18 balanced. "When we find a fit at the two level, next bid is pattern." (We ...

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