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JULY 21-31 2016

JULY 21-31 2016

Grant’s Message

By Ana Roth • 24 June, 2016

I believe the only inviolate rules of bridge relate to decorum and ethics. In fact, my objection to the word “rules,” in a bridge context, is …

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Grant Baze

Tempo matters by Yuan Shen

By Ana Roth • 24 June, 2016

For once, I don’t mean bidding/playing tempo and hesitations. Rather, I’d like to provide an example of counting tempos in the play.

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Overcoming Entry Problems By Liz McGowan

By Liz Mcgowan • 24 June, 2016

HERE is another example of overcoming entry problems by overtaking an honour with an honour.

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LIZ McGOWAN

Opening in 4th Seat By Larry Cohen

By Larry Cohen • 23 June, 2016

After three passes, I’d be happy to open 2 spades with:

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Bridge & Humor: Five Suit Bridge

By Ana Roth • 23 June, 2016

1938: LIFE on the American Newsfront: Five-Suit bridge looms as a new National fad

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The Pranks of Distribution by Eli Culbertson

By Ana Roth • 23 June, 2016

Some players regard the making of the Grand Coup as the greatest achievement in the play of a hand at Bridge. While this play, …

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Experts also make mistakes VII

By Ana Roth • 23 June, 2016

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.

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

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

Semifinales Sudamericanas

Video: Summary of Medellin Semifinals 2016 by Mario Chavarria

By Ana Roth • 10 June, 2016

During the VI South American Transnational Championships 2016, in Medellin, we had the presence of the Master of the Bridge Videos: Mr. Mario Chavarria

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2016 South American Championships by Fernando Lema

By Ana Roth • 8 June, 2016

From Friday 27 May to Saturday 4 June, organized by the Colombian Federation of Bridge Clubs; the South American Championships were held in the different specialties.

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Bridge Sports @en

Mustafa Cem Tokay y Frederic Volcker.

Budapest 2016: Day 6

By EBL • 20 June, 2016

With the Open series just past the halfway mark, France stay clear of Germany and Monaco. Photo: Mustafa Cem Tokay & Frederic Volcker.

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Budapest 2016: Day 1

By EBL • 17 June, 2016

At the end of day one the Lebanese pair Hana Kreidieh & Nahla Hamdan are leading the European Women’s Pairs Championship…

Russ Ekeblad

A Prayer Answered By Russ Ekeblad

By Ana Roth • 6 June, 2016

We all know how cruel the bridge gods can be and we often bemoan our fate at their hands. Every once in awhile, however…

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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

circa 1935:  American actor, musician and comic Adolph 'Harpo' Marx (1888 - 1964)  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Bridge & Humor: A Harpo Marx Bridge Anecdote

By Ana Roth • 10 June, 2016

Langdon had the idea of ​​founding a bridge club and asked me for help to finance it and use my name as propaganda. I liked the idea and I agreed.

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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 I

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Bridge & Humor: Five Suit Bridge

By Ana Roth • 23 June, 2016

1938: LIFE on the American Newsfront: Five-Suit bridge looms as a new National fad

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Bridge & Humor: The Ace of Trumps Runs Away By Victor Mollo

By Victor Mollo • 15 June, 2016

Papa and the Hideous Hog exchanged hostile glances. They had known in their bones that they would cut together, for it wasn’t their lucky day.

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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

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.

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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

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).

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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Conventions: Leaping & Non-Leaping Michaels

Leaping Michaels is a bridge convention used to show a strong two-suited hand, after opponents have opened the bidding, and partner …

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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.

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, …

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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

Alfred Sheinwold

Experts also make mistakes V

If you wake up in the middle of the night worrying about a misplayed bridge hand, relax and go back to sleep. Even the best players in the world are guilty of mistakes.

Ted Horning

Experts also make mistakes I

Some non-experts delight in watching experts err. This article is dedicated to those players.

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The Best in Bridge By Charles Goren (Part I)

Sports Illustrated’s expert on cards introduces a gallery of famous players and reveals which profession produces the most consistent winners By Charles Goren

Charles Goren

Finessing the Finesse By Charles Goren

The next time you are faced with a two-way finesse for a missing queen, stop and think. The solution of your problem may be the two-way non-finesse.

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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.

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The Hand of Adversity By Charles Goren

It’s an ill blow that winds up doing good to no one. The bad bidder contributes unwittingly to the science of better play, and…

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The Pranks of Distribution by Eli Culbertson

Some players regard the making of the Grand Coup as the greatest achievement in the play of a hand at Bridge. While this play, …

Jaïs, Albarran, Le Dentu,Peeters. 1949

Experts also make mistakes IV

The mistakes of experts are legendary, but none were more inelegant than this hand from the 1956 European Championship match between Italy and France.

Bridge Avanzado / Advanced bridge

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Tempo matters by Yuan Shen

For once, I don’t mean bidding/playing tempo and hesitations. Rather, I’d like to provide an example of counting tempos in the play.

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Experts Errors By Fred Gitelman

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Grant Baze

Grant’s Message

I believe the only inviolate rules of bridge relate to decorum and ethics. In fact, my objection to the word “rules,” in a bridge context, is …

Eric kokish Fernando Lema

2007 World Wide Bridge Contest, Board 1 By Eric Kokish

With good playing strength and easy rebids, most Norths will open their six-loser hand with

SARTAJ HANS

The Benefits of Study by Sartaj Hans

At the expert level, most of the problems solved at the table are situations that have been seen before. They might have been…

Goren Sharif

The Vanishing Loser By Omar Sharif

Be careful about suggesting a line of play when you are given a hand with low cards denoted by an ‘x’. As this hand shows, those spots can be deceiving.

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Building a practical system By Liam Milne

Improving your tournament results by becoming a better card-player is a slow fix. An area where a lot of partnerships can make easy gains…

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A Foolish Claim By Oren Lidor

“Don’t ever claim again!” Joe shouted at his partner. “You already claimed wrong twice, and in both cases the TD ruled against us.

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

LIZ McGOWAN

Overcoming Entry Problems By Liz McGowan

HERE is another example of overcoming entry problems by overtaking an honour with an honour.

Dan-Romm

Systems On After a 1NT Overcall by Dan Romm

It is fashionable among experts these days to play systems on after a direct 1NT overcall (i.e., bids have the same meaning as if partner had opened 1NT); I suspect …

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Tip of the Week

Here’s this week’s tip:

SARTAJ HANS

Suit combinations we should know by heart By Sartaj Hans

1. A3 ………… J10542 ….2. A4 ………… Q10985

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Opening in 4th Seat By Larry Cohen

After three passes, I’d be happy to open 2 spades with:

Paul Lavings and Keiran Dyke

Test Your Planning in Suit Contracts By Paul Lavings

Plan the play in the following 4 spade contracts:

Dan Romm

Which Card Do You Play? by Dan Romm

Experienced partnerships may have carding agreements that would define the answers to these questions. With an unfamiliar partner, or in a less experienced partnership…

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What Just happened? or Didn’t…

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

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 …