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Paul Friedman
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 28, 2010
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I always play my partner's system; that way it is her/his fault.

Bald and overweight with a scruffy beard and usually wearing a hat. Loud and can nopt spell. Most often wearing a cat-themed Tee shirt, Down to living with only five of the prince and princes now. Before we moved from St. Paul, MN my spouse ran a cat rescue group which took in those animals most other could not. These were mostly "surplus" litters and elderly and sick cats. We and others in the group, Cause for Paws, tool the beasties into our homes and found permanent homes for most. For those we couldn't (or won't because we fell in love with them) stayed with us until the end.

Learned bridge in college (Class of 1970). I learned the game by reading every bridge book in the college and town library. Enjoy studying bidding systems and have played a wide variety thereof. Prefer a Strong Club/Weak NT canape systems. Never claimed this is the best approach, merely the type I enjoy. Now I am stuck with strong NT. five-card majors 2/1 GF. Ah well.

Started off my supposed adult life teaching Middle School. Loved the kids but not many of my fellow teachers. Taught in a Catholic School which is unusual for a non-practicing (or practicing) Jew. Needed more $$ when my wife became sick (uncovered bills of 6 times my annual salary) so got a job as a Home Office geek in group medical insurance. Ended up as a minority owner in a group medical reinsurance intermediary and manager. Chief nerd. Pricing, underwriting, IT, etc Enjoyed the pricing part the most as it was puzzle to be solved with insufficient data. Ya, kinda like bridge but playing with others peoples' money (in the multi-millions). The company was sold to a Biggie in 2000. I retired soon thereafter at the ripe old age of 53. Spent the next 10 years travelling the world; sometimes solely and sometimes with my spouse. In the early 2010s, we had to move to Florida to take care of my failing in-laws. After they passed, we are stayed -- my spouse likes it and I like my spouse, so ...

Current hobbies: Reading: Science Fiction (Neal Stephenson is my fav author). Physics (Time is my favorite sub-topic)

                         Bridge. Playing locally only. I have played off and on for a total of about half of the 50  years since I learned the game.

                         Watching my favorite sports: Bicycle road racing; Rugby (particularly 7s)

Heros: (Heroes?) Bridge: Michel Rosenberg and Edgar Kaplan for their work on ethics

                          Life: My brother who was an underpaid, overworked Public Defender for 45 years and continues the struggle in retirement.

                          Historical: Paul Robeson for whom I was named.; Dorothy Day who actually lived her beliefs; Dorothy Parker: Oh, if Could write like that.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Kibitzing O. Jacoby in his last Reisinger session; Guessing a Queen on a 2-way finesse. Last happened 8:39 p.m., 23 June 1986
Bridge Accomplishments
Regular Bridge Partners
Ian Wilson
Member of Bridge Club(s)
St Petersburg, FL
Favorite Tournaments
N.A. Nationals
Favorite Conventions
Anything that you and I both know and you know that I know it.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
1z rebid by opener after 1y response by passed hand.
I do not see why facing a passed hand should make a difference in the forcing/non-forcing nature of 1z. Responder's maximum is obviously lower but I see no reason why responder's minimum would be different. Nor can I think of any other argument in favor of changing ...
Richard Granville's bidding problem: Q976 Q7 QJ643 JT
Partner has biddable hearts. If not, we will have a discussion after the session. 2N seems reasonable now. I have a feeling that if we can not make 3NT we also will not make 2 but I'll stick with 2NT. Second choice is pass
Evaluate this hand
Rule #126(c): When holding xxx is a side suit partner has: xxx when you bid aggressively, but Ax or x when you bid conservatively This is a weak spot in 2/1. In standard, you can show your clubs and then invite with 3. This doesn't help ...
Evaluate this hand
If I can bid 2 and then support spades to show a limit raise, I do so. If my system does not allow me to do other than bid quantitatively, I choose by the partnership's style. If we open junk, it's a maximum constructive raise otherwise it ...
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
I have asked similar questions -- after both good and bad boards. Simply curiosity. It never occurred to me that this would be seen as gloating. I had better rethink asking such questions. The snarky answer of "3-2 .. or not" is not anything I would do. However, the opponent in entitled ...
Some 1430 questions
John: A Queen ask might be used to decide whether to bid a slam slam or not. It might also be used to decide whether to bid a grand or settle for a small slam. A King ask is a Grand Slam try. In fact, partner is not required to ...
Paul Gipson's bidding problem: AK642 A A762 KJ9
I don't think I am going to learn anything useful and an leap to 7 shows brio if nothing else, but I'll take it slowly with a double just in case something good happens,
Katherine Todd's bidding problem: A9542 T3 --- AJT872
Excellent advice. You are not looking for the perfect spot. You are simply trying to come out alive. Could 3 work? Certainly. If it "works" though, there is an excellent chance that partner will raise or (heaven forbid) try for 3NT. Your 3 does, after all, advertise extra ...
Katherine Todd's bidding problem: A9542 T3 --- AJT872
Assuming a miracle and the opponents stay out of the auction: 1 - 1red 1 - 1NT or 2something 2 No reverse :) A problem with opening 1 is that any bid by the opponents or partner other than 1NT means bidding at the three level to show your ...
BIT Ruling and Aftermath
All in tempo: 1 1NT 2NT ??? with responder holding the instant hand. Unless posed as a Bidding Challenge hand when you expect something strange, I would expect a near unanimous vote for 3NT if the 2NT rebid started at 17. I think it would a majority if the 2NT ...

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