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Paul Friedman
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 28, 2010
Last Seen
6 minutes 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 toa Biggie in 2000. I retired soon thereafter bat 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 still here -- 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 5a 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 that I know it.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
Chris Miller's bidding problem: AK86 AK97 KQJ2 6
If it really were the final guess, I would bid 3NT. The alternative is to Pass and hope West saves you by bidding.
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A Simple Question
Steve: I certainly understand your point. My point is that there is more to life than bridge and some things supersede bridge and sometimes the Laws and supporting regulations are an ass. The more formal the game (Bermuda Bowl versus the local duplicate) the closer I would hew to the ...
A Simple Question
It's semantics, but the Laws define claim inclusive of conceding some number of tricks fewer than all the remaining ones.
A Simple Question
Steve Moese argues that ethics are subsumed by the rules. I would be conformable arguing that position in a formal debate, but I do not agree with it. His is a legalistic position. The classic negative image is the Secretary Bird of literature. Of course, most people, including Steve I ...
A Simple Question
Yep, I think we have all fallen for it. Unlike playing extremely fast, there is no counter against the slow down. If a player tries to fast play me, I simply slow down a bit from my normal pace. After a trick or two, declarer usually gets the message and ...
Soumya Das's bidding problem: KJxxx --- AKxxx AKQ
Craig: I agree with the use of two-way game tries ... in bidding contests. I agree that they can be very useful in finding the best contract. However, they revel a lot of information to the opponents and your scientific continuations provide even more information. I am not sure they are ...
After a Feature Ask
David: I'd argue that the best use of 2NT depends on the partnership's two-bid style. If they are old fashioned and play sound weak twos, then I think feature is the way to go. If their weak twos are wide ranging, then Ogust or better, a modified version ...
After a Feature Ask
When asking the preemptive bidder for key cards, we use a modified version RKC: 1st step: None 2nd: 1 3rd: 1 plus the Queen 4th: 2 5th: 2 plus the Queen After asking for A feature (or Ougst response) 4 is the ask but there is no reason you ...
Bill Segraves's bidding problem: AKxxx KJxxxx x x
I choose 4NT assuming we are not playing Kickback. I certainly am not signing of at 4 and do not see what either I or partner will learn to improve control placing by something other than RKC. As the auction actually went (I am filing in for North after ...

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