10th  to  24th June 2017

ORLANDO-FALL NABC 2016-NOV. 24-DEC. 4

Leads Test By Shencken & Fry

By Ana Roth • 3 December, 2016

Success in this department requires skill in reading the opponents bidding—including what they did not bid—plus….

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Take All Your Chances, No.9 By Eddie Kantar

By Eddie Kantar • 3 December, 2016

With both sides vulnerable, you open 1NT in first seat. West overcalls 3S and partner bids 3NT. You and partner are playing…

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Take All Your Chances, No.8 By Eddie Kantar

By Eddie Kantar • 2 December, 2016

Partner opens 1D and rebids 1NT after your 1S response. Not expecting to be facing a singleton spade, you …

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Orlando 2016: Day 8

By ACBL • 2 December, 2016

Meckstroth, Rodwell win Blue Ribbon Pairs.

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Have you ever felt that none of your partners are on the same wavelength as you? By Susanna Gross

By Ana Roth • 1 December, 2016

Despite regularly partnering the world’s top players, Zia Mahmood often jokingly moans …

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Recurring headaches – part 3 By August Boehm

By August Boehm • 1 December, 2016

If ever there was a game driven by logic, that game is bridge. And yet, the subject of rebidding a five-card suit sometimes seems to defy logic.

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Orlando 2016: Day 7

By ACBL • 1 December, 2016

Nancy Passell and Shawn Quinn won the foursession Whitehead Women’s Pairs…

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Mr. Champion’s Teaching is An Expensive Habit for Him By Easley Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 30 November, 2016

Mr. Champion is the type of player who is always trying to teach the Mr Muzzy of the game all about the rule of eleven. Mr. Muzzy is the type who will never learn it. Of course…

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You’re invited to Italy

By ACBL • 29 November, 2016

Then there is the invitation he extended to bridge players throughout the world – to attend the 8th Open European Championships scheduled for June 10-24 in Montecatini, Italy.

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Spain Bridge

Federico Goded

Bridge & Humor: An anecdote from Federico Goded by Angie Bach

By Angie Bach • 23 October, 2015

It was for me a very pleasant surprise to read the interview that Angie Bach made to my admired Evelio Puig-Doria.

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2015 VI Open Internacional de Bridge de Barcelona

By Angie Bach • 8 February, 2015

After three days of intense play the young Italian pair formed by Massimiliano Di Franco-Andrea Manno has won the 2015 edition of the Barcelona Open.

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South American Bridge

Leda Pain

2016 South American Ladies Ranking

By ferlema • 25 November, 2016

After the South American Transnational Championship of Medellin 2016 the South American Ranking in the Ladies category continues to be dominated by Brazilian athletes.

Joaquin Pacareu

2016 South American Open Ranking

By ferlema • 24 November, 2016

After the end of the 66 South American Bridge Championships Medellin 2016, this is the new Open Ranking:

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Bridge Sports @en

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Orlando 2016: Day 8

By ACBL • 2 December, 2016

Meckstroth, Rodwell win Blue Ribbon Pairs.

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Orlando 2016: Day 7

By ACBL • 1 December, 2016

Nancy Passell and Shawn Quinn won the foursession Whitehead Women’s Pairs…

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Orlando 2016: Day 6

By ACBL • 30 November, 2016

The team led by Nick Nickell, erased a small halftime deficit with a 43-17 third quarter and went on to a 154-125 win over the Paul Lewis squad in the Baze Senior Knockout Teams.

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Net Surfing

Augie Boehm

Recurring headaches – part 1 By August Boehm

By August Boehm • 29 November, 2016

By choice, I spend most of my bridge hours teaching rather than at the table. Accordingly, I feel I’ve become attuned to the problems advancing players regularly face, and in this new series, I will …

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You’re invited to Italy

By ACBL • 29 November, 2016

Then there is the invitation he extended to bridge players throughout the world – to attend the 8th Open European Championships scheduled for June 10-24 in Montecatini, Italy.

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Back in the saddle: Bergen & Cohen

By ACBL • 28 November, 2016

The celebrated partnership of Marty Bergen and Larry Cohen saw its heyday in the mid- to late Eighties. The light, aggressive bidding style they employed made them hugely successful.

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Bridge & Humor II

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Bridge & Humor: Cupid Has Grand Slam on Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 10 November, 2016

Bridge Expert Engaged To Wed Texas Tennis Star After 5-Day Courtship.

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Bridge & Humor: In general, and in particular By Oren Lidor

By Ana Roth • 31 October, 2016

Moses is 95 years old and still functioning! He goes to the swimming pool every morning, he shops by himself, still drives his car and… plays bridge once a week with

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Bridge & Humor I

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Bridge & Humor: A Kibitzer erred…

By Ana Roth • 24 November, 2016

Dictionaries define the word “kibitzer” as a spectator at a card game who looks at the players cards over their shoulders. In the world of bridge, an extension of the standard definition has been added.

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Bridge & Humor: My worst trump fit ever

By Ana Roth • 15 November, 2016

On a cold February evening, my regular partner Kees and I were at our local Bridge club, RKABC in Alkmaar, The Netherlands.

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Bridge Sudamericano

Carlos Pellegrini y Fernando Lema

The VETOP Hand of the day: A Just Decision

Medellin 2016: we present you the first VETOP International Hand of the day, explained by the South American Master Carlos Pellegrini (ARG).

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Brazil: Brasileiro 2015

from Oct. 31 to Nov 7 2015 in Bahia Brazil…

Chile U21 2016

South American Youth Bridge Teams Championship: U 21

Medellin, May 27, 2016
Three teams participated the South American Youth Bridge Teams Championship U 21 Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. They played a 120 boards …

Eduardo Rosen

Thank You Mr. Eduardo Rosen by Hanoi Rondon

Every organization requires people to keep it alive, moving, working. Bridge federations, clubs and/or associations are not different.

Bridge Internacional/International Bridge

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France: DN1 Finals

The Zimmermann team wins the French DN1: Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes, Tor Helness, Geir Helgemo. Zimmermann defeated Philippe Soulet team.

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Italy: Palma Open Teams Champion and Fornaciari Ladies Teams Champion

Palma took the gold in the Open and Fornaciari Open in the Ladies

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A Few Words with Juan Felipe Cuervo by Fernando Lema

During the 16th World Youth Bridge Teams Championships, I have the oportunity to interview to Juan Felipe Cuervo (COL) member of the Colombian team U 26.

Trotamundos del bridge/Bridge Road Warriors

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Bridge Road Warriors 2015: Summer Edition #7

For when all is said and done, we only have each other.

Roman Smolski, Geoffrey S. Jade Barrett y Karen Lee Barrett.

Bridge Road Warriors Spring NABC Edition #4

The first five days of North American Championship is absolutely packed with activity for all the ….

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Bridge Road Warriors 2015 #8

“This is your day to be the best team in the World” – GS Jade Barrett

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Bridge Road Warriors Spring NABC Edition #2‏

Your weary travelers were greeted at the end of the day by a great example of 1950’s Americana, Wendover Will.

Convenciones/Conventions

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Recurring headaches – part 2 By August Boehm

Standard systems, where the opening bid of one of a suit has a wide range — anywhere from 12 to 21 points — contain a built-in headache. The problem comes with…

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Splimit Bids By Billy Miller

Splinter bids come in all shapes and sizes, but the vast majority of players are familiar with only the most common examples. An especially cool type of splinter bid is one referred to as a “splimit” bid.

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Puppet in Puppet (Muppet) By Bill Jacobs

Partner bids a strong 2NT, and you have a moderate hand with 5 spades and 4 hearts. This shape has always been a bugbear: it seems impossible to construct a method that allows a choice between 3NT, 4H and 4S.

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Bergen Raises

Bergen Raises are a neat little tool that has both constructive and destructive purposes. The main advantage of the Bergen Raise is to let the partnership know of…

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“So they doubled Stayman: What do I do?” By Billy Miller

When you open the bidding with 1NT, you usually feel confident that your side is going to be in control of the auction. It is true that the opponents have learned to….

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Bergen And Jump (Limit And Preemptive) Raises By Brent Manley

Bergen raises became popular in the 80s and are now widely played. They let you make pre-emptive, mixed and limit raises efficiently, though they seem to commit…

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Splinter Bids By Marty Bergen

Using Standard methods, many players would bid exactly as you and your partner did. However, there is a better way.

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Strengthen Your Game By Brent Manley

If you want to improve your scores in duplicate, especially in pairs, it’s important to have a firm grasp on competitive bidding strategies.

Manos de Bridge/Bridge Hands

Nikola Tcholakov

Double Throw-In by Double Throw-In by Nikola Tcholakov, Sofia

You are South here, all in red, and being very conservative and fan of four card majors you open 1 Spade as dealer.

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I’lI get so lonesome sometimes By Easley Blackwood

I’lI get so lonesome sometimes, defending these hands all alone,” remarked Mr. Champion plaintively. “I’d like to take up some kind of partnership game …

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Two suited hand poor for defense By Alfred Sheinwold

If you want to know how old a woman is, ask her sister-in-law. If you want to know how good a bridge player is, ask his partner. I asked about George Rapee and got todays hand …

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Who Holds the king? By Phillip Alder

When you uncover a good trump fit in an auction where both sides compete, you should apply the Law of Total Tricks.

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How simple. How very simple. By Easley Blackwood

If you remember Sherlock Holmes, you will re-call how angry the great man became when, after explaining his solution of some baffling mystery, he had to listen to…

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The power of two at the bridge table.

Do you have a particularly close rapport with someone? Does each of you always know what the other is thinking?

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A look across the street By Oren Lidor

Angie was upset. She’d been in the auto repair shop for two hours now. She bumped into the car in front of her and …

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One of the Top 10 defenses of all time By Phillip Alder.

Sitting East and West were Jeremy Flint and Jonathan Cansino, two of England’s best-ever players.

Bridge Avanzado / Advanced bridge

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Recurring headaches – part 3 By August Boehm

If ever there was a game driven by logic, that game is bridge. And yet, the subject of rebidding a five-card suit sometimes seems to defy logic.

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Double Throw-In by Double Throw-In by Nikola Tcholakov, Sofia

You are South here, all in red, and being very conservative and fan of four card majors you open 1 Spade as dealer.

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London Bridge By Charles Goren

During my life I have spent an incredible number of hours getting to bridge games—some of them, I admit, embarrassingly short—but last month I think I broke my record.

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Accepting or Refusing Trick N*1 by Ira Corn

“Before You grab the first one, think, think, think!

Observe Trezel in action in the play of this hand during the 1971 World Bridge Championship.

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Have you ever felt that none of your partners are on the same wavelength as you? By Susanna Gross

Despite regularly partnering the world’s top players, Zia Mahmood often jokingly moans …

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Interesting points By Barry Rigal

This deal from the second final session of the Nail Life Master Open Pairs produced numerous points of technical and practical applications.

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The Avid Kibitzer By Easley Blackwood

Mr. New, the avid kibitizer, usually sits on the sidelines, in that position, seeing all four hands, he consistently suggests fine plays which could have been made by the active’ players, he is always amazed at how much harder it is to see and execute these plays in actual combat.

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The Faulty Holdup by Ira Corn

“The grave’s a fine and quiet place, but no one there will cash his ace”. Can the hand be made, or must it go down to defeat?

Evaluacion de las Manos/Hands Evaluation

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How NOT to Play Bridge – Evaluation

The enigmatic Professor parted the curtain at the rear of the auditorium stage and strode proudly to his podium.

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Points Schmoints – Shape Rules By Sartaj Hans

Some common phrases I often hear are “How could I have bid ? I only had four points !” or “How could we bid that game/slam? We only had 22 points between our hands”

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Hand Evaluation

All too often a hand strength is evaluated only by the HCP count. In reality a hand strength should be measured by its capability to generate a certain number of tricks.

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Envisioning Your Partner’s Hand When Bidding

There are times when it helps to imagine certain cards in partner’s hand, and bid accordingly.

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How Much is Your Six-Card Suit Worth by Zar Petkov

Let’s look at this rather average collection featuring a five-card major:

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Hand Evaluation By Gordon Bower

Many people have trouble deciding when to raise after partner preempts.

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Be Cautious With Misfit

Look only at the North hand. What would you respond if partner opens one spade?

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A Misfit? Quit! …A Fit? It’s a Hit

Less experienced players sometimes pick up their hand, count their points, find they have 13 points and no matter what happens during the entire auction, they continue to have 13 points.

Bridge Intermedio/Intermediate Bridge

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Muzzy Plays Third Hand High –Some, Usually at Wrong Time By Easley Blackwood

Miss Brash’s gambling three no trump bid should have been defeated. The defenders could have won the first five tricks in the heart suit. But Mr. Muzzy …

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The Plan XXVIII by Tim Bourke

This deal came up in a teams match and the auction was the same at both tables. Each West began by leading the king of diamonds, asking for count, and continuing with the queen of diamonds.

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Mr. Champion’s Teaching is An Expensive Habit for Him By Easley Blackwood

Mr. Champion is the type of player who is always trying to teach the Mr Muzzy of the game all about the rule of eleven. Mr. Muzzy is the type who will never learn it. Of course…

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Are you oblivious to the danger? By Phillip Alder

Longtime readers may remember my series about TRADE, the five key points to be considered at trick one. They are:

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Significance of a Slam Double

When you play against a good pair and they voluntarily bid a slam, only rarely will they finish with less than eleven tricks. You will, therefore …

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Mr. New Got a Lesson By Easley Blackwood

Mr. New, the avid kibitzer, decided to get into the game for a change today and on the very first hand he got a lesson on the value of alertness and the proper handling of the smaller cards.

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Leads Test By Shencken & Fry

Success in this department requires skill in reading the opponents bidding—including what they did not bid—plus….

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Counting the hand By Easley Blackwood

Mr. Dale’s Inclination to play no—trump contracts got him into trouble on this hand. Five diamonds were cold against any defense, but the three no trump contract…

Pensando Bridge / Thinking Bridge

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Take All Your Chances, No.5 By Eddie Kantar

You open 2S, weak, in first seat. West passes, partner bids 4S, everyone passes and West leads the …

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Take All Your Chances, No.6 By Eddie Kantar

You open your aceless wonder with 1C and partner responds a quiet 1D. You bid an even quieter 1NT….

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Take All Your Chances, No.9 By Eddie Kantar

With both sides vulnerable, you open 1NT in first seat. West overcalls 3S and partner bids 3NT. You and partner are playing…

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Take All Your Chances, No.8 By Eddie Kantar

Partner opens 1D and rebids 1NT after your 1S response. Not expecting to be facing a singleton spade, you …