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Tracy Brines
Tracy Brines
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 16, 2012
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Learned to play bridge in college (Texas Tech University) where I studied Civil Engineering.  Joined the Navy in 95 and spent 15 years as an Officer on Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers.  Currently living in Southern Maryland (a hour SE of Washington DC) working at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, I am looking for a serious -long term bridge partner to meet at NABC and maybe an occassional regional.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Qualifying for the 3rd day of the National Open Swiss in Seattle in 2011; getting to play behind screens for the 1st time
Bridge Accomplishments
Numerous Regional Open wins; 2nd day of several major national pair events
Regular Bridge Partners
My wife, whom I taught to play
Member of Bridge Club(s)
VA Beach area and WA DC area
Favorite Tournaments
Gatlinburg, Hunt Valley, Norfolk (VA Beach)
BBO Username
OKB - TAB410, Tracyb on BBO (Rarely on BBO)
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
Copy of Tracy and Maureen Brines
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Howard Miller
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Kenton Schoen
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Paul Block
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Copy of Bridge Winners Standard
2 over 1
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What is the right thing to do?
I must admit, I would let them take it back if they were a new pair or a pair that was just learning (practicing) precision. An experienced pair, probably not. Actually, if it were an experienced pair and I offered to let them take it back, they would probably say ...
The disappearing evening club game
Want the opinion of someone that still works and is not retired on why evening bridge is dying (dead)? Having Sectionals on Friday's with start times of 10/3. You are basically telling the working people "we don't care if you play bridge"
Your UI ruling?
Whenever someone says "always" or "never" they lose a lot of credibility... I can point to multiple cases either way. We have to get out of the mind set the "if it hesitates you cannot bid again" or bridge will become an unplayable game.
Redoubling Isn't Rude
Some people look for any reason to be offended.....
WBF Anti-Doping Regulations
except I have to smell it lingering on them throughout the rounds....
ACBL's Flawed Masterpoint Formulas
my thoughts exactly about the NABC being close. Maybe it is time to reduce the # of tournaments?
Anyone who is found to have cheated in an ACBL sanctioned event, at any level, should be banned from the ACBL and ANY ACBL-sanctioned event, permanently.
It is hard enough to get some people to know when to call the director.... Remember this is a hobby for a lot of people (non-BW readers obviously....)
Define 'Fragment'
I once answered a question (don't remember the exact auction) with: That shows 5 Spades and 4 hearts (or something like that). They said "what's that called?". My response was "I don't know, it shows 5 Spade and 4 hearts". Once again, "what's that called". I ...
Define Your Bids Before I Tell You My Defense
This is a well-thought out an presented article. I look forward to reading some of the responses. Thanks!
Meaning of 1NT rebid after a fourth hand double?
I would say "tends to deny 3Hearts" but in some cases (example: KJ10x Jxx Axx KQx) may have 3card Heart if NT looks right.

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