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Neal Smith
Neal Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 4, 2013
Last Seen
8 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

After 40 years as ACBL member, finally had time to play regularly starting in Jan 2013, and made LM June 2014.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Wins: Regional 0-20 pairs (1970s); D21 Flight C GNT, 1998; Phoenix (OR) Sectional Swiss, August 2013; Seaside (OR) Regional Gold Rush, Sep 2013; Sun River (OR) KO Bracket 2, May 2014; Medford Regional B Swiss, May 2017.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Phoenix, OR
Favorite Tournaments
Medford (OR) Regional, Seaside (OR) Regional, Sun River (OR) Regional
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Becoming a life master
One of my partners is a rapidly advancing 199er, so I was happy to play in the gold rush with her. The non-LMs in the event didn't seem the least bit intimidated by me (a bronze LM).
Should a Committee, Overturn or Uphold This Ruling? (And how would you, as a director, have ruled?)
Reread the OP 3 times looking for the directors actual ruling. 3+1 I suppose, but it's not stated. It's like a long joke with no punch line.
What is a Bloomer?
With that hand you would not choose 1NT for your 2nd bid. So 4th suit forcing on your 2nd bid or jump rebid your suit, depending on agreements.
What is vital?
Why didn't West lead a major, given that South denied a major and North may not have one either? Seems likely to me that West is 3-3-4-3 and East 4-5-1-3. East can see what's coming; he decided to pitch one from each suit., so club first means nothing ...
The problem is bigger than the Stop Card
"There really are better things to do in life.". What?!!? Wash your keyboard out with soap ;)
Missed game after Drury
Something else: be happy you didn't bid 4 and go down. lead, win in hand. Draw trumps ending on board. Lead Q for a finesse, West ducks. The hand can now be made by leading a club to the A, but human nature is to repeat the finesse ...
What is a good grand slam?
@Yu, each IMP score in the analysis is a weighted average of several cross-IMP results. On board 20, I used 4 different possibilities for the defender hands.2-1 trump split with/without an extra side trick, 3-0 trump split with/without an extra side trick. So the bad guesser still ...
What is a good grand slam?
I like Alan Frank's suggestion: "Or go through the VG records from a recent tournament." So I did. I went to the results for the 2015 "Bermuda" Bowl in Chennai. The round robin included 22 teams, 21 rounds of 16 boards. I reviewed the hand records for all 336 ...
Declarer with an accent 3
With my bad hearing, "club" and "heart" almost always sound alike, no matter if the speaker has accent or not. When defending I always wait to see the card played.
Brackets, yes or no ?
@Greg. I meant to say "waste of time for the 20,000 MP team." Not necessarily a waste for the less experienced team at all. As an example, a couple years ago I played with a B team in a single session Swiss. Three nice wins got us up to ...

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