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Gerben Dirksen
Gerben Dirksen
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 1, 2011
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Director
about me

Originially Dutch, now living in Fürth, Germany. Silver TD. Played for Dutch U20 in Channel Trophy, German U25 in Euro championship.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing against the stars in the Forbo, Verona Mixed Pairs
Bridge Accomplishments
Former Junior National Team player
Regular Bridge Partners
Norbert Stübinger, Michael Thomsen
Member of Bridge Club(s)
BC Nürnberg Museum, Kultcamp Rieneck
Favorite Tournaments
Pula Festival, German Bridge Team Trophy
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gerben Dirksen - Oliver Hevemeier
2/1 GF
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Norbert Stübinger - Gerben Dirksen
Short !C with intermediate 2-bids
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1NT or 1C
We have this problem often, especially if playing 14 - 16. The solution to this is to play transfers after 1 opening bid.
Before calling the director think about the first thing the director will ask: "What would you have done differently with the explanation from the other screen side and why?"
Ruling please
This is almost exactly this case, so it seems clear that the WBF would rule this one down one. Which would have been my understanding of the law. I mean doesn't the claim indicate that declarer apparently overlooked the problem? Yes, it's careless to play low here. But ...
The Blue Card
Psychologically making 4xx is even better than 4x especially in a long match. Whereas down one in either is just... oh well next time perhaps.
General rules for when a convention is in use
Most conventions are in place to sort out strong hands. If opponents Dbl just before the convention is used, the convention is off. In a) we treat as no interference since it was not directly in front of the convention. In b) and c) Checkback and Gazilli are off. They ...
The 3 word challenge
To express oneself in 17 syllables is very diffi...
Gerben Dirksen's bidding problem: 98 64 Q84 AKJT97
Enough voting - partner at the other screen side correctly explained 2 as showing + .
How Many Hearts?
Sixth choice is interesting - would your fifth choice be 2NT by any chance?
You play Gazzilli but not Flannery
The comment "you play 2/1" does not help very much. I voted for "I pass 1NT" but obviously this depends on how forcing 1NT is.
Ethical or not?
With such players, it is good to emphasize your own errors, even though they didn't cost anything. It might take several sessions but at some point partner realizes that you also make errors and will be more relaxed.

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