Posts by April 2015

Bridge & Humor: Negative Inference

By Ana Roth • 30 April, 2015

jack-ziegler-holmes-to-moriarty-who-is-in-his-shirt-and-shorts-looking-for-the-pants-in-new-yorker-cartoon

“You see, men” said Capt Mainwaring firmly to the assembled platoon, “when you make a bid, partner can infer that you have such and such, depending on your bid.”

Negative Inferences by Marshall Miles

By Ana Roth • 30 April, 2015

Miles

Perhaps you won’t consider the following hand a problem. But it is the sort of hand that you get frequently, so it is important to understand the general principles involved.

Blame it on Rio

By Ana Roth • 30 April, 2015

Meckstroth-Grue-Rodwell

On this deal from the 1999 Grand National Teams, Flight A, Eric Rodwell described the situation he arrived at as a Rio de Janeiro squeeze, so named after being described by a Brazilian player.

A Famous Hand by Steve Becker

By Ana Roth • 30 April, 2015

USBC 2014 122

Play like this are certainly not everyday occurrences, but they tend to confirm that there’s always something new to learn about this wonderful game called bridge.

Avoiding EndPlays requires Foresight by Howard Schenken

By Ana Roth • 29 April, 2015

Bob Hamman, Eddie Kantar, Don Krauss, Peter Leventritt, Lew Mathe, Howard Schenken

To be or Not to be Endplayed: That is the question. Photo: Bob Hamman, Eddie Kantar, Don Krauss, Peter Leventritt, Lew Mathe, Howard Schenken

Bridge & Humor: Helen Sobel Never Did Learn by Oswald Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 29 April, 2015

Sobel Smith, Helen

A perfect safety play is one that is going to work against any and all card combinations. Here is one that is not well known.

A Coup to Take your Breath Away by Omar Sharif

By Ana Roth • 29 April, 2015

Jeff Meckstroth in NABC Phoenix 2013

However Jeff Meckstroth of the US is one of those masters of the game who occasionally produce a coup to take your breath away.

A Two-way Endplay By Krzysztof Jassem

By Ana Roth • 29 April, 2015

K. Jassem

The 1999 European Championship was coming to its end when I happened to witness one of the most showy declarer plays of my life…

The Dean of the Paradoxical Bridge Hands

By Ana Roth • 28 April, 2015

Jan Wohlin

Jan Wohlin of Stockholm, the dean of the paradoxical bridge hands, has come up with another gem.

A Bridge Oscar by Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 28 April, 2015

zia mahmood 9

A question often asked but seldom answered is: who is (or was) the worlds greatest bridge player?