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Larry Lowell
Larry Lowell
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 21, 2010
Last Seen
7 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

District 7, Unit 165, East Tennessee.

Retired Chemical Engineer.

I have most system books in English and a few in Italian and French.

Ultra Club Relay:

2019: Playing Precision-like system with Steve Moese.  :)

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing in the Vanderbilt 2002 in Houston and meeting Kathi Wei. Standing in front of Benito Garozzo in Chicago (2015).
Bridge Accomplishments
NAOP-C Winner TX 1998, Winning 3 KOs @ Atlanta Regional 2005, 89 GMP; 1st in Educational Pairs - Virginia Beach 2010 Regional, 67%; ACBL Goodwill Award, Unit 165, 2014. Winning 2015 Knoxville Summer Sectional with 41 SMP. 78% game in 2017 playing 2/1 in 5 table game.
Regular Bridge Partners
Dwayne Hoffman - Keylime BLM, Robin Kell Sapphire LM, Robert Levedsque SLM, Naida Lamb, DLM, Steve Moese, Sapphire LM
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Knoxville Area Bridge Clubs (Director of Thur AM), Oak Ridge Bridge Association (Teacher)
Favorite Tournaments
Gatlinburg, TN Regional
Favorite Conventions
Strong Club and Canape with 4-cd Majors, 2016: Mosca Club with canape, C3: Copious Canape Club
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
Mosca Strong Club
Strong Club with Canape
Copy to my cards View/Print
Copy of Precision - Lowell/Donner
Precision Club - with transfers
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Copy of Larry and Steve
Mosca Club, Canape
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Copy of 2/1 Stephi
2 over 1
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Copy of Larry Lowell + Steve Moese
Transfer Precision
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Book recommendation please (or other material)
HI Gary, Better Bidding in 15 Minutes, Expert Bidding in a Week, Howard Schenken, 1963. Larry Cohen also thinks a simple strong club system is a good place to start. How to Play Bridge With Your Spouse And Survive, Roselyn Teukolsky, 2002.
Test match between Bridge World Standard and Moscito?
Easy: Enter "swatting" in the forum search box Example return for Bds 18-24: The Scientists (Moscito) won 62-19 (2003), Natural lost.
Club Closings
Unit 165: Knoxville TN Area Bridge Clubs closed for the rest of March. Oak Ridge TN Club closing 3/17-31. Now CDC recommends 8 weeks isolation?
Leading from Three Small
SOMETIMES MUD unless 2nd lowest is the 3 or 4 or sometimes 5.
An SMP question: when 1!C - 1 !S = 5+ !S, 8+ (unlimited)
Transfer Positives work well and allow acceptance of the transfer to be a Beta (Ask for Controls, Aces & Kings). ALthough some system geeks prefer AKQ points. Either design helps with slam decisions.
2!d Opening to Show a Balanced 18-19 HCP?
The Italian approach to 2: 3 = 5-4 Majors (3 asks for longer M), 3 = 4-4 Majors.
How much do you play?
Direct once a week (4 years) and play 4 times a week. Several years ago also taught once a week. Have lost 200 plays by directing. ACBL Sapphire LM.
Sandwich NT versus X
I play 1NT is 4 + 5 and double is (a) 4-4, or (b) 15 hcp or more.
Pairs tactics: IMPs v Matchpoints v 'the room'
Playing Matchpoints with one of my favorite partners, I would double for takeout after overcalling: three places to play, let partner decide. We have a lot of experience playing 4-3 fits. Looks like 8 tricks in 2.
Who should have taken the bull by its horns?
I voted South, if he rebids 1NT then North has an easy 4 bid.

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