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Leonard: Regarding Garozzo…

1967 Bermuda Bowl Qualifying, Italy v NA, bd 26c
Both vul, Garozzo dealt.

52 KQ1065432 K97

3D 3S X P
5D P P X
all pass

+750, 3 would have been one down.

Other Blue Team players who raised their own preempts:
Avarelli and Bianchi… right each time.
3 hours ago
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Against the opponent's 4, my partner and I took the first five tricks: two side aces and three trumps on a cross-ruff.

A furious dummy whipped out the travelling scoresheet and shouted, “You could have made that!”

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I responded 3 to my partner's 3 opening at favourable. That became the final contract. Dummy came down and I studied our assets carefully. Coming to the conclusion that I could not take a trick, I put my cards back in the board and said, “Down nine.”

An irate LHO barked, “Play it out!”
6 hours ago
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Same from me… thanks.
March 26
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Well, that's somewhat related to a line of my father's, that I witnessed:

Mean Person: Why do you always laugh at your own jokes?

My father: Because I've never heard them before.
March 26
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Agree that the book is woeful.. but there are four mentions of it above.
March 25
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Ronald:
I have no doubt that if you were playing with me, the minor-suit kings would be swapped…
March 24
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If East bids, he should go via 4NT…
March 24
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Once she has mastered the concepts of basic bidding and trick-taking, Mollo & Gardner's “Card Play Technique” is a fine work.
March 23
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“Why do you talk to yourself?

”Because I like an intelligent conversation"
March 23
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Double is what you arrange.

My partnerships play:
X = 3-suited takeout
4NT = 2-suited takeout
March 23
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I have been emailed quite a few De Falco hands, all played on BBO.
March 20
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Can't you spell?
March 19
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James, there are a number of topics here:

- high-level cheating

- collusion and cover-ups by the authorities

- what to do about wins/placings gained by cheats

- how to respond to cheats who have used external bodies to get back into the game

So far as I can see, you have arrived late to the party and are puzzled about the lack of applause upon your entrance.
March 19
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You are correct…

Lotan Fisher, Massimo Lanzarotti, Steve Sion, Fulvio Fantoni, Terence Reese, Franck Multon and Cezary Balicki.

All world-class…
March 19
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Lanzarotti is way stronger than Buratti… now you have a world-class sextet.
March 19
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I don't have copies of those issues… very likely editor Brad Coles has them. mail@australianbridge.com
March 18
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John Swanson, Inside the Bermuda Bowl:
Belladonna encountered Burgay in an Italian tournament … Burgay to the floor of the playing area and then emphasized his displeasure with a kick.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 26, 1975:
Blue Team star Benito Garozzo announced loudly that “if Sheinwold shows up in Bermuda, he had better bring along a hospital bed.”

Nonetheless, I am more than 30 years younger than Forquet and Garozzo, and am very confident of my ability to out-run them.
March 18
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We wouldn't get much bridge played…
March 18
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Two other mathematician/scientist bridgeplayers:

Robert May
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_May,_Baron_May_of_Oxford

Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Swinnerton-Dyer

Robert May wrote a series of articles in Australian Bridge Magazine in the early 70s: “What are the Odds?”

Doubting readers soon learnt not to argue with The Master.
March 18
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There is no commercially-available ebook version of Under the Table… in the US, hard copies are available from The Bridge World and Baron Barclay.
March 18
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