South American Open Championships
10 -23 May 2018

from 2nd to 9th September in 2017 (additional part from 10th to 13th)

9-10 Settembre
The Icelandic Northern Light Bridge Festival 2017, October 6-8, 2017
Peru, 3 al 11 de Noviembre 2017
Lido di Venezia 8-11 November 2017
Open de Barcelona
2-4 Febrero 2018

Meet Mario Chavarria by Fernando Lema

By ferlema • 28 July, 2017

Mario Chavarria is the person in charge of the WBF’s films crew. As happens many times those responsible for a great job remain hidden for most of us and this is one of those cases.

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Mario Chavarria

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

67 Campeonato Sudamericano de Bridge, Santiago 2017 By Fernando Lema

By Ana Roth • 20 March, 2017

Next May 5, Friday, will start the great South American bridge party .

67 Campeonato Sudamericano de Bridge, Santiago 2017 By Fernando Lema

By ferlema • 14 March, 2017

This time the appointment will be in Santiago de Chile and our hosts with Roberto Garcia at the top, have everything ready.

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Bridge Sports @en

Bridge For Peace

5th World Youth Open Championships

By ferlema • 4 July, 2017

The World Youth Open Championships will be held from August 15th (Tuesday) to 24th (Thursday) in Lyon (FRA).

Montecatini 2017: Eight and a Half

By Ana Roth • 24 June, 2017

It seems that the Poland pair, must be Fellini fan, so they let be carried away by his surrealism and related the first board to the second, declaring the slam in NT, although their lack of the ace and the king of club.

Montecatini 2017: Unique Defense

By Ana Roth • 12 June, 2017

The only lead and the only return to defeat the contract… It seems that Klukowski – Zmuda reinforced their defenses with Leopoldina water before the championship …

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Net Surfing

Bridge For Peace

5th World Youth Open Championships

By ferlema • 4 July, 2017

The World Youth Open Championships will be held from August 15th (Tuesday) to 24th (Thursday) in Lyon (FRA).

EBL opens new website on the Internet

By EBL • 9 June, 2017

The European Bridge League has modernized its internet site, where the bridge players of the world, will have access to all the latest news of the European bridge.

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The Devil’s Coup – well, almost By Zia Mahmood

By Zia Mahmood • 31 May, 2017

Today’s deal from the final of the NEC Cup 2010 featured something akin to the Devil’s Coup.

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Bridge & Humor II

Zia Mahmood

Bridge & Humor: A Zia Mahmood Anecdote

By Ana Roth • 9 June, 2017

Source: WHAT A LIFE! by Sam Leckie. Tuesday, 17 June 1997

Bridge & Humor: Shakespeare Bridge

By Ana Roth • 13 April, 2017

In the JACOBY MODERN version of Shakespeare, we find that Romeo and Juliet had met at a bridge club.

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Bridge & Humor I

Bridge & Humor: Invasion and more…

By Ana Roth • 8 June, 2017

Four marines were playing bridge in a hut on a Pacific island.

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Bridge & Humor: An Incredible Hand By Jay Becker

By Ana Roth • 13 February, 2017

I was South. It was the best hand I ever held. Quietly, without fanfare, I opened with seven clubs.

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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).

Brazil, The Trials for Santiago 2017 By Fernando Lema

The team Leao: Marcos Thoma, Pablo Ravenna, Ricardo Sabbag, Rafael Duque, Leao Carvalho & Joao Dib won the Open trials and will represent Brazil in Santiago 2017.

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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

Kansas 2017: March 10th

Brothers Adam Grossack and Zachary Grossack of Newton MA begin today’s semifinal round of the Kay Platinum Pairs in the pole position after topping Friday’s qualifier.

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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

WBF

World Bridge Federation – Youth

The Championship is open to all players born on or after 1st January 1992 (Juniors & Girls) or born on or after 1st January 1997 (Youngsters) or born on or after 1st January 2002 (Kids) in good standing with their own NBOs.

Trotamundos del bridge/Bridge Road Warriors

Jade Barrett  NO 2015

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

Conventions: The Thrump Double By Marty Bergen

Instead of describing the thrump double, the decision was made to quote the author. The following description is by Mr. Marty Bergen, (website), who invented and devised the thrump double and …

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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…

Conventions: Bourke Relay

Jumping to 3NT may be your first instinct, but this is a bit premature. Imagine if partner has these type of hands:

Ask Jerry: Surely there is more about redouble…

Dear Jerry, As a result of a recent disaster it is clear to me that I do not understand what responder should do after…

Conventions: OBAR BIDS

OBAR BIDS – Acronym for Opponents Bid And Raise – Balance In Direct Seat. Popularized by Larry Cohen in …

"...But if you'd led back a heart instead of that spade..."

An unknown Drury trick By Mike Lawrence

Many players use Drury, an excellent convention. This article will discuss an aspect of Drury that doesn’t get discussed much. It occurs when your opponents use Drury.

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Third & Fourth Seat Openings By Paul Lavings

Most partnerships haven’t defined their strategy for third and fourth seat openings. Sort yourselves out with this quiz on third seat openings, nil vulnerable:

'Why yes, I have been bungee jumping!'

Jump Shifts – Strong or Weak?

Originally all jump shifts were strong – promising at least game going values, usually slam interest. Then came the era of….

Manos de Bridge/Bridge Hands

Montecatini 2017: Montecatini High

Today started the European Mixed Teams Open Championship, with a field of 114 teams. On Round 3 of the ten RR rounds, Board 22 generated important swings on many tables, ….

Replay these hands with me By Peter Goodman

Today’s hand builds on our recent theme of planning your play before playing to trick 1 (and re-planning at about trick 3 or 4 if the play provides further information).

Montecatini 2017: By Luck Montecatini has a cure for Stress

For true bridge players there is no activity that absorbs them in the way bridge does. But on the way to satisfaction, during the championships there are …

Bridge play comes naturally

Many players think that only experts can make contracts using a squeeze. Actually, many squeezes “play themselves,” emerging without any clever play.

Goren on Bridge

South should have taken out protection against a bad trump break which under the circumstances was no less remote a prospect.

Blackwood on Bridge By Easley Blackwood

“I still want to know, said Mr. Champion. “how you managed to lose four tricks on this hand.”

Montecatini 2017: Eight and a Half

It seems that the Poland pair, must be Fellini fan, so they let be carried away by his surrealism and related the first board to the second, declaring the slam in NT, although their lack of the ace and the king of club.

Montecatini 2017: Unique Defense

The only lead and the only return to defeat the contract… It seems that Klukowski – Zmuda reinforced their defenses with Leopoldina water before the championship …

Bridge Avanzado / Advanced bridge

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The Endplay

An endplay (also throw-in), in bridge, is a tactical play where a defender is put on lead at a strategic moment, and then has to make a play that loses one or more tricks.

Plans

The Plan XXXVIII by Tim Bourke

West led the singleton two of hearts. Declarer rose with the ace of hearts and then cashed the ace and king of diamonds, throwing a heart from hand.

Prevent a Ruff by Jon Brown

West led his singleton club, which dummy’s king won. South read the lead as a singleton.

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Eliminations Play by David Bird & Martin Hoffman

The most familiar type of elimination play is the “ruff and discard elimination”. The defender who is thrown on lead has the choice between playing on a suit, to your advantage, or giving you a ruff and discard.

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The Plan XXXV

West led the queen of hearts. Declarer played low from dummy and East took the trick with his singleton ace, and then had to find the entry to West’s hand to acquire his ruff.

Pre-Montecatini 2017: Analysis Slow and Quick By Jean-Paul Meyer

In June 1997, 20 years ago the 43rd GENERALI EUROPEAN BRIDGE CHAMPIONSHIPS was played in Montecatini Terme, Italy. Today we bring you an article …

The Best Defense Ever? by Phillip Alder

This deal gets my vote for the best defense ever. It occurred during the 1985 International Team Trial to pick the U.S. team for that year’s Bermuda Bowl world championship. Try it for yourself first.

Put off the finesse until the last possible moment By Easley Blackwood

When you have some kind of a finesse to take to make your contract, put off the finesse until the last possible moment. In the meantime, try to get an accurate count on the opponents’ hands.

Evaluacion de las Manos/Hands Evaluation

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Books to Help with Hand Evaluation By David Morgan

One bridge skill that every player can work on by themselves is how to evaluate the strength of a hand.

'I don't know...they all look like cows to me.'

Hand evaluation – part 8 By August Boehm

Some players, alas, ignore distribution altogether, a serious mistake…

Hand evaluation – part 9 By August Boehm

In the same vein as last article, I present you with a bidding sequence and three possible hands you might hold.

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Hand evaluation – part 2 By August Boehm

Facing a distributional partner, think tricks, not points.

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Hand evaluation – part 6 By August Boehm

When re-evaluating, don’t worry about finding a formula to provide an exact point count measurement. If there were such a formula, only an Einstein could use it. Instead….

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Hand evaluation – part 3 By August Boehm

To properly evaluate this pair of hands, it was essential to visualize the play in detail in 3NT. There is so much more to hand evaluation than counting points.

Hand evaluation – part 7 By August Boehm

Splinter bids, which send a clear distributional message, present a great opportunity to fine-tune your hand evaluation skills.

'Everybody panned us on their consumer evaluation forms except the masochists.'

Hand evaluation – part 4 By August Boehm

As this series of articles is intended to demonstrate, there is a lot more to hand evaluation than simply counting your points.

Bridge Intermedio/Intermediate Bridge

Reese & Trezel

Those Extra Chance in Bridge by Terence Reese & Rogel Trezel

South plays in 3NT and West leads the six of hearts, won by dummy’s ten.

Between 50 and 75 by Fernando Lema

A few days ago I found the following card play which I found very instructive.

Scissors

The Scissors Coup by John Brown

Scissors coup (or, Scissor coup, ) is a type of coup in bridge, so named because it cuts communications between defenders.

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The Plan XXXVI by Tim Bourke

West led a low trump and declarer won the trick cheaply in hand. Declarer could count eight top tricks.

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Safety Play By Steve Becker

A safety play is an effort by declarer to combat a potentially unfavorable distribution of the defenders’ cards, there are so many different kinds of safety plays that it is better to…

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Miss Brash, Overly Optimistic As Usual, Lost this NT Contract By Easley Blackwood

Make humanics your trumps. Study the art of playing the people as well as the cards. Remember that the human factor is allways at work.

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Hold-Up Plays and Dangerous Hand in NT by Maritha Pottenger

The purpose of a hold-up play is to exhaust one defender of cards in a particular suit. This is especially true at no trump. Once one opponent…

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Two Bridge Lessons By Oswald Jacoby

“Cover and honor with an honor” says the old rule. This guide to your defensive play is not entirely reliable.

Pensando Bridge / Thinking Bridge

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Thinking bridge By Eddie Kantar

Bidding commentary: As South, you can revalue your hand facing a takeout double. An unbid five-card major is worth…

Kansas 2017: Thinking bridge II By Eddie Kantar

Tip: When setting up a long suit, use trump entries before side suit entries

Kansas 2017: Thinking bridge III By Eddie Kantar

East should make the following opening lead inferences: When dummy hits and the A-K of any side suit is not visible, assume …

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Take All Your Chances, No.10 By Eddie Kantar

With only your side vulnerable, West opens 3S, partner passes and East ups the ante to 4S. You have no qualms…