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JULY 21-31 2016

JULY 21-31 2016

The Plan XXI by Tim Bourke

By ferlema • 3 May, 2016

After a simple auction, West led the ten of diamonds. East took this with the jack of diamonds and persisted with the ace of diamonds.

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Tim Bourke

Bridge & Humor: The Trial

By Ana Roth • 26 April, 2016

Oswald Jacoby was surely one of the brightest stars in the history of bridge. However….

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Gordon

It’s Your Call III

By FIGB • 26 April, 2016

A Bidding Problem published in the third Italian Open and Ladies Teams Championships Bulletin. You will be able to compare your answer with Bocchi, Bilde, Brenner, Bessis…

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T Bessis

Italy: Palma Open Teams Champion and Fornaciari Ladies Teams Champion

By FIGB • 25 April, 2016

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

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Ita ganadores

On The Edge of Our Seats

By Ana Roth • 23 April, 2016

An excelent defense to seal an incredible match…the kibitzers were very grateful for the opportunity to see a hand that Hitchcock would have really enjoyed.

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Bilde Duboin

Italy: 2016 Open and Ladies Teams Championships

By FIGB • 22 April, 2016

In the Palacio de Congresos in Salsomaggiore, has just begun the Italian National Teams Championship one of the most prestigious bridge events in that country.

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Campeon Equipos Italianos Libres 2015

Technique By Sartaj Hans

By Ana Roth • 15 April, 2016

The hands that qualify for newspaper and Internet columns often have an underlying theme of either brilliance or disaster.

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SARTAJ HANS

Psychological Coups By Ely Culbertson

By Ana Roth • 13 April, 2016

In bridge as in every other activity, perfect technique, tho highly desirable, is not the ultima thule. After a player has learned all there is to know about …

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by Howard Coster, 10 x 8 inch film negative, 1936

What’s Your Line? By Terence Reese

By Terence Reese • 13 April, 2016

West leads the queen of spades and follows with a low spade to Eases king How should South plan the play?

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Terence Reese

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

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6th South American Transnational Bridge Festival

By Ana Roth • 28 February, 2016

This year the South American TransNational Bridge Festival is going to be played in Medellin, Colombia, one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Today we are posting some data and some photos…

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6th. Southamerican Bridge Festival, Medellin 2016

By ferlema • 24 January, 2016

The time is near and we are looking forward to meet you in Medellín.

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Bridge Sports @en

Ita ganadores

Italy: Palma Open Teams Champion and Fornaciari Ladies Teams Champion

By FIGB • 25 April, 2016

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

Campeon Equipos Italianos Libres 2015

Italy: 2016 Open and Ladies Teams Championships

By FIGB • 22 April, 2016

In the Palacio de Congresos in Salsomaggiore, has just begun the Italian National Teams Championship one of the most prestigious bridge events in that country.

Equipo Lavazza 2016

Reno 2016: Spring NABC

By Ana Roth • 21 March, 2016

The Vanderbilt Cup… won by the Lavazza Team, seed number 1: Alejandro Bianchedi, Diego Brenner, Giorgio Duboin, Zia Mahmood and Agustin Madala y Norberto Bocchi.

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Net Surfing

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No Bridge Winners … we hope they return soon …And it did

By Ana Roth • 1 April, 2016

10:00 am Bad News: This morning we breakfasted…bridgewinners was offline …16:00 PM Injunction Lifted

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France: Bridge Week in teaching mathematics

By FrenchFederation • 26 March, 2016

published 14 March 2016
The week of mathematics begun Monday, March 14 and continued until 20 March. Theme of the edition 2016: mathematics and sport. …

Phillip Alder

Thinking outside the box By Phillip Alder

By Phillip Alder • 25 March, 2016

There are some bridge players who can, to use a hackneyed term, think outside the box. Geir Helgemo, a Norwegian by birth…

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Bridge & Humor II

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Bridge & Humor: The Great Kibitzers’ Strike by George S. Kaufman

By Ana Roth • 9 April, 2016

This piece was featured in the 1939 spring bumper issue of the New Yorker magazine and aims its humorous arrows at that most unsung of bridge heroes: the kibitzer.

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Bridge & Humor: Strange Noises

By Ana Roth • 4 April, 2016

A bridge player gets home early from his weekly Bridge Club tournament and hears strange noises coming from the bedroom…

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Bridge & Humor I

Gordon

Bridge & Humor: The Trial

By Ana Roth • 26 April, 2016

Oswald Jacoby was surely one of the brightest stars in the history of bridge. However….

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Bridge & Humor: It took a blind man to discover an error By Ely Culbertson

By Ana Roth • 13 April, 2016

It took a blind man to discover an error in the ” Culbertson Self-Teacher” which had escaped my notice and that of a half dozen nationally known experts who

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Bridge Sudamericano

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Interview with Rodrigo and Giuseppe, two new World Champions

Rodrigo and Giuseppe played in the “Zlatan” team with two other pairs from Sweden and were crowned as World Champions. Bravo, Bravisimo!

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Brazil: Brasileiro 2015

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

Jose Robles and Marc Nathan

Summer NABC 2014: Las Vegas

Combining two 58% games in the final of the Wernher Open Pairs with a solid carryover…

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

DN1 2015

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.

Ita ganadores

Italy: Palma Open Teams Champion and Fornaciari Ladies Teams Champion

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

2015 Usa Juv

2015 Junior USBC

Kaplan will be USA1 for the Patiño Cup and Thapa will be USA for the Rona Cup in Salsomaggiore, Italy next August.

Trotamundos del bridge/Bridge Road Warriors

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Bridge Road Warriors Spring NABC Edition #5

So for the umpteenth NABC in a row, I have caught some kind of something.

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 ….

Jade Barrett

Bridge Road Warriors Spring NABC Edition #3‏

Our first day of competition saw us supporting nearly everyone we played against – that is to say we did not have a good day.

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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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Why Transfers?

For the newer player, it might make sense to in a very basic manner explain why you would want to use “transfers” at all.

Jump Ball

Conventions: Jump Ball

The concept behind this conventional method is to employ it after an opponent has opened the auction with 1 No Trump.

Roy Wilson

Defense to the Opponent’s Jacoby 2NT by Roy Wilson

Source: Defense to the Opponent’s Jacoby 2NT by Roy Wilson    
When your opponents use a Jacoby 2NT bid in response to a major suit opening, …

weinstein + madala

Taming the Weak Notrump, Part 2 By Steve Weinstein and Adam Kaplan

In Part 1, we covered what to do after they opened a weak notrump, partner doubled for penalty, and 3rd hand passed or redoubled. We now discuss our structure after 3rd hand makes a bid.

Larry Cohen-Marty Bergen

Conventions: Ambiguous Splinters

I believe that it was Marty Bergen who first published the idea of ambiguous splinters (he calls them splinters with relay).

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Extending Stayman Convention Scope By James R. Klein

The Stayman convention over one no-trump is a prime example of constructive improvement in scope which accomplishes a great deal more than its primary intention of finding a 4-4 major suit fit.

Paul Lavings and Keiran Dyke

Grand Slams By Paul Lavings

If you bid and make a grand slam, you will normally win a swag of IMPs or matchpoints.

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Diamonds are a Bridge Player’s best friend

If you ask me what is the most neglected suit in bridge my answer is Diamonds.

Manos de Bridge/Bridge Hands

Bilde Duboin

On The Edge of Our Seats

An excelent defense to seal an incredible match…the kibitzers were very grateful for the opportunity to see a hand that Hitchcock would have really enjoyed.

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The Hand of a Lifetime

Photo Olimpycs 1980: Christian Mari, Paul Chemla, Jimmy Ortiz, Michel Perron, José Damiani, Michel Lebel, Henri Svarc, Philippe Soulet & Pierre Schemeil, captain French team.

Tim Bourke

The Plan XXI by Tim Bourke

After a simple auction, West led the ten of diamonds. East took this with the jack of diamonds and persisted with the ace of diamonds.

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Elegant Solution to Old Problem

In 1965, a hand was widely published and was credited to Giorgio Belladonna, regarded by many as the world’s best player. He denied having made the play, and

Eric Kokish, Nickell's team coach

An Early Lesson in Humility by Eric Kokish

I started to play seriously in 1967, at the Summer North American Championships in Montreal, my home town. As I had less than 100 master points I could not play in the Life Master Pairs…

spingold 1931 Oswald Jacoby, P. Hal Sims, Willard Karn y David Burnstine

Experts also make mistakes VII

It is pleasant to report a hand in which each side makes the best play at every turn. Unfortunately, however, few hands are played that well even in expert circles.

Alfred Sheinwold

Experts also make mistakes IX

When the Day of Judgment comes, bridge columnists will have a lot to answer for.

Championship Bridge

Experts also make mistakes VIII

One of the reasons for the popularity of “Championship Bridge” on television is that the experts make mistakes now and then.

Bridge Avanzado / Advanced bridge

Tim Bourke

The Plan XXI by Tim Bourke

After a simple auction, West led the ten of diamonds. East took this with the jack of diamonds and persisted with the ace of diamonds.

by Howard Coster, 10 x 8 inch film negative, 1936

Psychological Coups By Ely Culbertson

In bridge as in every other activity, perfect technique, tho highly desirable, is not the ultima thule. After a player has learned all there is to know about …

SARTAJ HANS

Technique By Sartaj Hans

The hands that qualify for newspaper and Internet columns often have an underlying theme of either brilliance or disaster.

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Perfect Technique By Larry Cohen

This deal was played in the 2012 U.S. Team Trials by Chris Willenken…

T Bessis

It’s Your Call III

A Bidding Problem published in the third Italian Open and Ladies Teams Championships Bulletin. You will be able to compare your answer with Bocchi, Bilde, Brenner, Bessis…

 Dennis Bilde

It’s Your Call II

A Bidding Problem published in the third Italian Open and Ladies Teams Championships Bulletin. You will be able to compare your answer with Bocchi, Bilde, Brenner, Bessis…

Norberto Bocchi

It’s Your Call

A Bidding Problem published in the second Italian Open and Ladies Teams Championships Bulletin. You will be able to compare your answer with Bocchi, Bilde, Brenner, Bessis…

Pauline Gumby, George Cuppaidge, Robert Krochmalik, Paul Lavings (2004)

The rules for (playing) bridge By George Cuppaidge

When you first learn bridge you are inundated with rules, third hand high, second hand low, do not finesse against partner. None of these “rules” are a substitute for working it out for yourself.

Evaluacion de las Manos/Hands Evaluation

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The Power of Tens

When Mr. Milton Work invented the point-count method, ace = 4, king = 3, queen = 2 and jack = 1, he did the ten no favours. Contrast these two hands:

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Test Your Bidding

Good Points and Bad Points: In discussions between experts, you will hear comments like: “it was a really lousy 12- count” or “that’s the best 6-count I ever held.”

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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:

Gordon Bower

Hand Evaluation By Gordon Bower

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

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Count covers, not high-card points

Sitting north in a team game, your partner opens 1 diamond and, after a pass by west, you trot out 1 spade. East passes and…

Zar Petkov

Hand Evaluation: Zar Points By Zar Petkov

Ever wondered how experts bid “aggressive” games that “somehow,“magically” turn out to be cold?

Bridge Intermedio/Intermediate Bridge

Robson-Forrester

Should you strain to bid vulnerable games? By Andrew Robson

IMPACT of vulnerability is much misunderstood. I often hear rubber bridge (or Chicago or teams for that matter) players bid a marginal game with the shrug of ‘Ah, well, we’re only non-vulnerable’. Wrong!

What's your call

Thoughtful Bid

Another wild-and-woolly competitive auction, as we often see in modern bridge.

SARTAJ HANS

Suit combinations we should know by heart By Sartaj Hans

1. A3 ………… J10542 ….2. A4 ………… Q10985

Robson-Mahmood

Let the opponents play in a vulnerable part-score By Andrew Robson

ALTHOUGH vulnerability is irrelevant at match-point duplicate in an uncontested auction, it is hugely relevant in the competitive arena. And it is not only your vulnerability that matters – it is also the opponents’.

Paul Lavings and Keiran Dyke

Test Your Planning in Suit Contracts By Paul Lavings

Plan the play in the following 4 spade contracts:

Roy Wilson

The Defensive Surround Play

This particular play is a bit obscure and most likely even some of the best players in your club do not understand it. It’s called a surround play.

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What Just happened? or Didn’t…

So, what is the lesson to be learned from this hand?

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Seeing through cards By Oren Lidor

Counting is very important: You can count tricks, losers, points and distributions. Notice the bidding!

Pensando Bridge / Thinking Bridge

Eddie Kantar

What can go wrong? – 5 By Eddie Kantar

1. How would you play this hand at IMPs (safety first)? and IMPs?

Kantar-Hammann

What can go wrong? 2 By Eddie Kantar

The idea is to use the bidding to realize the danger and figure out what you can do about it as early as trick one!

Eddie Kantar

What can go wrong? 3 By Eddie Kantar

What is your play? Would it be different if you were playing in a pairs game? Hearts are 2-2.

Jerry with Zeke Jabbour and Eddie Kantar in Cuernavaca Mexico

What can go wrong? – 4 By Eddie Kantar

I have found it helpful to count my notrump tricks even at a suit contract. Many times both contracts can be …