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Donald Lurie
Donald Lurie
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Dec. 6, 2012
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about me

Retired ex-School Psychologist, worked in a middle school in the South Bronx. living outside of NYC.  Not an expert, never claimed to be, never will be.  Became LM over 35 years ago but don't ask me how?  Frequently play on BBO - (Double !) but play live bridge relatively infrequently. Memory and attention/ concentration skills are clearly not what they once were.   If I post a problem or OP, even if it seems like such a no-brainer and elementary to you, something likely occurred at the table where a disagreement occurred or there was some difference in approach or style.  So please view it as respecting and appreciating your input.  

The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know - scary!

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Favorite Bridge Memory
Trumping partner's ace to get her off an endplay against Oswald Jacoby. It was the right play: he was not pleased. (yeah. I go back that far)
BBO Username
Double !
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Bronze Life Master
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Donald Lurie's bidding problem: Q8 AJ7 JT7432 T8
note: to the 2 of you who selected to bid 2, please note that the OP indicates "not playing negative free bids", so 2D would be forward-going/ decent hand/ forcing at least 1 round (with this P it is almost GF). thx for responding
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: JT86 JT94 AQ Q54
This hand spurred some discussion about what actions are permissible by one who has opened a preempt. Hypothetically, supposed this west hand makes the very questionable decision to bid 5 over South's double, and North bids 5. Is East permitted to take any additional action at this ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 864 KJT8 AQT4 AQ
Tom: you're getting a 3 response to Ogust 2N (good hand, bad suit) Good things (potentially) happen to anyone who responds 2 (forcing), conventional or not. On this particular hand you will get some form of raise from opener, possibly a 3 splinter. (Guess what ...
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: 864 KJT8 AQT4 AQ
range is about 5-11, 6-card suits, suit quality can be below the standards of some people.
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
Thx for response: This was a 2nd seat opening bid of 1, to which a response of 3 would show a mixed raise, and 3 shows a 4+-card LR. most 3-cd support GF's start with semi-artificial 2, while Jac 2NT and splinter are used ...
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
Thx Craig: I already agreed that the west hand (moi) should counter-try (it was late). But, supposed trump suit was s and counter-try not available. Then, using adj LTC, is west hand a 6-loser hand opposite a supposed 8-loser hand with 4+ trumps, at worst needing 2-2 trump break, and ...
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
Thx for your come-back: not at all disagreeing with your comment, in fact, I agree with you. Wondering if that (counter-try) was better bid or if, via adjusted LTC, my hand becomes a 6 loser hand opposite a 4-card LR. and, using same loser count, is the East hand a ...
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
Steve, thx re 3H as counter-try: see OP. its states that the counter-try was available.....not sure that's the issue, though. Maybe it is: am sure responder/East would have gone had West bid 3.
Where did East-West go wrong?
I just checked the results for this board. There were a few +200s, playing in s, some +170s, and a few +140s. and 1 minus score. Only 3 out of 14 or 15 pairs were in game, and each played 3NT contracts. With North holding Qxx of s and AJ ...
Where did East-West go wrong?
The responses so far are interesting, and thank you to all who have shared. This hand occurred during a friendly game on BBO. I posted this hand because it called into question the meaning of a 3 bid over 2. i.e.: is it natural or a cue ...
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