Introductions and the Like
Posted 2003-February-13, 03:41
Hi, I'm your friendly neighborhood Skrshawk . I've been a member of BBO for about a year and a yellow for shortly less than that time. I'm now the lead administrator for the Bridgebase Forums in conjunction with my yellow duties. I started playing bridge with the help of Fred's Learn to Play Bridge program and quickly got my start on Yahoo which I quickly outgrew. Some of my friends there I brought to Bridgebase and they are still thanking me .
I'm an intermediate-level player (despite my inexperience) that plays SAYC, 2/1 GF, and some Precision.
You're next .
Administrator, BridgeBase Forums
Posted 2003-February-13, 06:27
I am no great "ex-spurt" but i do enjoy a good game of bridge. Like John I started with BBO just over a year ago, I introduce people to BBO from Yahoo, MSN, and anywhere I can find them. I have found some great friends online here at BBO and am meeting soem of them now for "real" games. If anyone needs any help around the BBO site when the YELLOWS are not around please ask me ... if I can help I will, and If I don't know I will try to find out.
Posted 2003-February-13, 08:25
I am the creator of Key Lime Precision, a strong club method with transfer positives, variable NTs, and fuses ideas from the most successful of methods such as Romex, Blue Team, Polish, and others. I play regularly at tournaments, and am teaching fellow players my system with success.
I currently have a national partnership with Larry Lowell, of Knoxville, TN. We play a 4 card major canape club system. We've managed in our short time together to score an overall sectional win. What we REALLY want tho, is a high ranking in the Spingold.
I am always open to playing with people, regardless of style, skill level, approach, or acumen - it's my sincere goal to further the game of bridge worldwide, and to reenergize the game here in the United States.
Posted 2003-February-13, 08:46
My name is Richard Willey (better known as Hrothgar in the world of online bridge)... I'm something of a crank, and probably best known for some rather vocal theories about bidding.
Look forward to discussing things with folks.
Posted 2003-February-14, 12:16
Im Bob (IrishLefty) from Northern California. The IrishLefty comes from me being a left-handed Irish blooded Engineer. Because of work I was pretty much out of playing bridge for about 25 years and now Im back. So much new stuff to learn! I tend to keep things simple when I know nothing about my partner (and vice versa) and I will start out relatively conservative. So, as it says under my avatar, Be Gentle With Me. At least until I come up to speed. I will classify myself as an intermediate player that occasionally bids brilliantly. ;D
Posted 2003-February-14, 12:55
We are lucky in Australia that our system restrictions are much more liberal than in the States. When I read of the draconian laws there ....even stuff that many lols in Oz play are oulawed. Like Richard, I also have very strong and sometimes idiosyncratic views on bidding.
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Posted 2003-February-27, 03:16
I dont go to many tournaments in the states anymore maybe every other year to a national. i typically go to most of the regionals that take place in southern Fl. About 5 years ago i discovered european bridge and now i go over there once a year and play in some tourney.
Posted 2003-February-27, 04:27
My name is Ben, and I live just outside of Washington, DC (USA). I have been playing bridge for nearly 45 years (I started very young).
Today, my bridge play is almost entirely limited to on-line (I play as inquiry in both the BBO and MSN zone... but exclusively BBO now), although I do own two full set of duplicate boards (one 32, one 36) and use to play a lot of tournement bridge (I have more ACBL gold points than anyother color). In my younger days I played bridge for money (but very low stakes).
Today, you will find me mostly silently kibitzing bridge games in the BBO to support my silly hobby of studying hands (bidding or play), rather than playing.
I have played many bridge systems...learning them in the following order. goren, shenken, kaplain-sheinwold, CC Wei precision, Blue Club, 2over1, ROMEX (1st and 2nd versions, not the current one), several more precisons (superprecison), SAYC, power precision, WJ2000. As one can imagine, I keep changing systems, because, what the heck, I am not very good at any of them.
My favorite bridge books are:
PLAY - "Adventures in card play"
Bidding - "To bid or not to bid" by Larry Cohen, and
"Partnership bidding" by Robson/Segal
Fun - any of victor mollo's bridge in the menagriae stuff
I have reread all my 100+ bridge book (except for the various Encylopedia's of bridge) at least once (and of course the books about Aunt Agatha by Freddy North, which no one can read twice).
Posted 2003-February-27, 04:59
oh my level ? well beginner to expert depends we all go througth that rigth .
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Posted 2003-March-01, 12:49
My name is Peter and though I learned to play bridge 30 years ago as a teenager, I hardly played at all until 6 months ago, when a friend introduced me to online bridge (in the intervening years I played chess, backgammon and (laugh if you will!) hearts). I got serious 3 months ago, and started playing a few times a week and reading a bunch of books. I am very new to BBO (a convert from MSN - BBO is DEFINITELY better).
I have been playing Standard, have been studying 2/1, and am ready to make the leap.
I find this forum to be highly informative and entertaining, and the response to my first posting (in the 2/1 ans SAYC section) was great!
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Posted 2003-March-30, 05:20
Begin to play bridge 12 years old, my father teach me. I played duplicate bridge when it just began in Bulgaria and was 3 at first national team finals in 1976. I won many major national and international major tournaments, but only in Bulgaria - no money :'(. Last first place - 1987 year, Beloslav. I was away up to 2001 year: built house, raised children and planted trees .
Now i return to my lover Bridge :-*. Already win several tournaments again but only at club level. Members of my club are national players Rumen, Kalin, Boyan, Rado, Joro, Mitko... They also often play in BBO.
I read lot of books. I played lot of systems. I wrote lot of my own systems of biding and defensive signals. Here several of them: Culbertstone, Precision (goren, super, power), Romex, Lambda (strong pass), Polish club, Fers ... Std, UDCA, Russinov, Journalist, Combain (3th/5ht)...
Bridge is competition. All play it to win/enjoy, not to lose. To win is not enough to be skilled, need to be also cruel - law of nature, sorry :-[. But for me to be rude is sign of poor spirits or lack of intellect>.
Now my target in Bridge is new biding system NTC. I write now v. 2.50 ( 250 versions, lol ). The meaning of my work is use of relays and transfers with few stepping bids and no more then 50 pages system 8).
If I can help to somebody, i will do it. Can help with teaching ( mentor ) tables , but can't do it regular.
Mihail ( MishoVnBg )
Posted 2003-April-02, 04:04
Born in England, lived most of my life in Canada, and now retired and living in Costa Rica. Professionally, I worked in the computer field (starting with IBM mainframes before the age of the "personal computer").
I started playing bridge when I was about 19 and gave it it up for about 15 years after being thrown out of university (I eventually got back in and earned a BSc in computer science attending at nights) and starting to work.
Like another poster, I started out loving to learn new bidding systems. Started with "Goren" (Standard American of the time), Schenken's big club system, ACOL, Neapolitan & Roman Club (and a few years later, Blue Team Club). When I started playing again there was a lot to learn. The entire structure of "Standard American" bidding seemed to have changed, perhaps mainly because of the effects of negative doubles (Sputnik doubles?). I have had one real partner over about the past 20 years. We play bridge mainly to socialize. We started out with Standard American which changed at some point to 2/1. We spent time trying to play Sontag's Power Precision, but my terrible memory got us into more trouble than it was worth. So we reverted to a basic 2/1 with just a few frills.
Posted 2003-May-08, 17:47
I just joined BBO, and thought that I would introduce myself and ask a silly question to which I don't really know the answer. I have been playing bridge on and off for the better part of thirty years, mostly off. About 5 years ago I started playing regularly one night a week. Since I work, that is all that I can play. I am a LM almost a bronze LM. I play SA mostly and a little 2/1.
Now for my question, when asked are you an intermediate, advanced, or expert player, I don't have a clue on how to answer. Are there any criteria for such ratings?