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Kyle Rockoff
Kyle Rockoff
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 7, 2016
Last Seen
46 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I'm a student at Northwestern University, local to the Chicago area, and run all things bridge on campus! Majoring in Math and Psychology, with a side focus in Game Theory/Economics.

Love everything about bridge-- particularly system discussions and examining various bidding treatments.

 Currently looking for a serious partner for the 2nd week of Toronto (Tuesday-Sunday). Interested only in National events-- PM me if interested.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
3rd in ACBL Collegiate Bridgebowl (2016, 2017), Quarterfinals of 0-1500 Mini-Spingold (2016), Flight C NAP District 13 Champ (2016), Flight C GNT District 13 Champ (2017)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Northwestern DBC, Reluctant Redoubler, Deerfield DBC, Ace of Clubs
Favorite Tournaments
Chicago NABC (Summer 2015), DC NABC (Summer 2016), Skokie Labor Day Sectional
Favorite Conventions
EHAA 2 Bids, Marshall Mile's Unbalanced Diamond, Strong and Hybrid 1C openings and responses, Balance of Power Doubles, Schuler Shift
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
Kyle Standard Card
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Ilan 2/1 Card
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Northwestern Basic Duplicate Card
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How to play trumps ?
For the 1st line to succeed, it looks like you need either a stiff diamond honor to drop doubleton, or diamonds 2-2 (this works 66% of the time a priori). Clubs can split no worse than 4-1 and the contract is safe (occurs 96% of the time). For the other ...
Sci-fi defence? :)
Heart shift feels right as an initial guess. Based on possible lead interpretations, I'm guessing declarer holds KJx in spades-- with a doubleton, he would have unblocked. Hence declarer is probably something like 3-5-4-1. No need to unblock clubs for him. After a trump shift, it seems our best ...
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: --- AKT AK876 AQ986
ahh 7 abstain was a mistake! Changing that to 7
Junior bridge and league growth: 5 year checkpoint
#3. I've been working to promote more college bridge in the Chicago area at Northwestern. We've had fairly good success versus a few years ago, but unfortunately there are only a handful of serious youth/junior teachers building programs in the area. There's probably only one serious ...
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: 52 K82 KQ932 742
I feel like this auction might give some merits to playing negative free bids through 3 interference, though I don't play the style nearly enough to know what exactly I'd be giving up by doing that. If anyone has any thoughts pls comment.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AQ94 JT9 A KT753
I was debating this with a partner. I was for passing, he was for bidding on the basis that with the opps showing a "limit raise 1NT" opener across a weak bid, they could be easily psyching/cheating you out of a game. 3 is a noisy bid (can ...
Play problem
While you still have the ace of clubs as an entry to dummy, you need to develop your spade tricks to ditch diamond losers. Attack spades before pulling trump. You might or might not have time for a safety play in trump depending on how kind your opponents are when ...
ATB: Someone should have doubled
If NS play sound 3rd seat openers, North is obligated to double (with south's pass of 5D being forcing, letting North decide to compete or penalize).. If they play light openings in that seat, double by south should be permitted to show true opening values.
Correct Count method on a subsequent play in which the first card played in that suit was not a Count signal
Yes, agree completely. But I'm more interested in an argument on either the "best" or at least most standard among players that know what their doing.
Can You Explain This Auction...?
Reasonable at matchpoints given north has a lot of jacks, and south's opening is lighter (vs 2/1) on average. At IMPs North should invite, and south should consider accepting having good 10's and 9's (certainly 100% of the time Vul).

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