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Mike Gill
Mike Gill
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Member Since
March 16, 2011
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about me

I'm a recovering astrophysicist originally from Boring, MD (yes, really) who now works doing programming and math. My wonderful wife and I now live in Columbia, MD with our son Trevor, who was born in September 2017. He's adorable and wonderful but so far he's terrible at bridge! In addition to bridge I enjoy entirely too many things given I'm a parent: running, sports, poker, barbu, board games, puzzles of various kinds, piano, cooking and eating (who enjoys cooking but doesn't love eating?!).

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
USA II (Junior) in 2006, 2nd in 2017 NAP, missed the 2017 Open GNT final by an IMP
Regular Bridge Partners
Noble Shore
BBO Username
mike gill
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Jacoby Transfer super-acceptances
We play: 2M+1 = serious superaccept 3M-1 = serious superaccept that doesn't want to declare (say AKxx xx AKQx xxx) 3M = non-serious superaccept You can play whatever you'd like over 2M+1 if responder wants more information. Usually, though, responder doesn't care where opener's values or shortness ...
David Caprera's bidding problem: KQTxx x Jx KQJxx
I agree that establishing a force is also an important purpose of this bid, but I think it would be very difficult to construct a hand that is interested in partner bidding 5/5 that isn't also at least a mild slam try. The example hand given above (Axx ...
David Caprera's bidding problem: KQTxx x Jx KQJxx
This is why precision 1M openings are so good. Playing Standard you have to sign off here because partner is bidding 4 on any normal GF hand in case you have a 19 count. Here 4 shows at least mild slam interest because partner can comfortably just bid ...
Mike Gill's bidding problem: AKxxxx AQTxx xx ---
This was the companion hand to https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-mrq9s3z0bw/?cj=757974#c757974. The majority seem to be missing this game as we did. Are we all ok with this?
Paula Leslie's bidding problem: KQ xxx Qxx AKJ9x
I think people missed this is a 14-16 NT cause passing seems crazy to me.
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: J9754 Q82 KJ7 A2
The way I think you should think about this sort of decision when you have a step between: * 4 says "my hand is no longer worth my previous bidding in context". You could be holding an 11 count with KQJ after all. * 4 says "my hand is a ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
In Gatlinburg or the KO before the Spinderbilt where Bracket 1 is harder to win than some national events, this is understandable and arguably even correct. What is not understandable is this combined with the rule that you can only play up into Bracket 1.
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
Don't get me started! Trying to play up as a young player with no masterpoints has always been one of the most frustrating things about playing knockouts. Heck I still don't really have any masterpoints. Really this is a hidden consequence of not having a meaningful ranking system ...
Unfortunate Result
The decision of whether or not to double when pass is forcing is very different. I agree that if you're playing forcing passes this is a clear double, but 1) this is not a FP situation even if you are pretty liberal about forcing passes and 2) the fact ...
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: AK62 A9752 T AKJ
4 is a pretty big overbid IMO. I would raise to 3 but I think this much closer to 2 than 4. The worst hand you can have for a 2 raise is 4522 with 16 HCP, and presumably some notrumpy 4522s are opening/rebidding ...
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