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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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You, sir,…
March 18
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The quote is from one of BR's two “Ten Commndments”…

https://philebersole.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/bertrand-russells-ten-commandments/
March 17
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Bertrand Russell:
Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
March 17
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I certainly concede that there is a strong case for an electronic environment…

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/in-praise-of-richard-willey/
March 17
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Alan Rruscott, on Austrians Schneider-Reithoffer at the 1957 EC:

An open accusation and condemnation might have resulted in the hosts closing down everything, leaving the European Championships unfinished. Not surprisingly, the politicians decided on diplomatic discretion. There was no inquiry and no verdict…

Under the Table:
There is another driver behind official action…:
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March 17
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…a relative fish…

A fish who just happens to be amongst the finest opening leaders in the world.

Forgive my whining, but what is your explanation for that?
March 17
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I am not so sure we are better off limiting discussion to bd 20, as described by Sartaj. If the topic is, what Z-M did on that board, then yes. If the topic is, what sort of partnership is Z-M. then no.

Now, as regards the statement that Zimmermann is amongst the best opening leaders in the world, while Multon is not, I am not following the conjecture that “Maybe Multon remembers to make bids helping Zimmermann with his leads, while Zimmermann forgets to do the same.”

For this to be true:

- Multon has not button-holed the boss after a set and said words to the effect of, “Listen Pierre, you made a couple of fine opening leads that set because I gave you some guidance with overcalls and doubles. You must do the same; let's go over the hand record and I'll show you some opportunities you missed.”

and

- Zimmermann is in the top opening leaders because the top-class partnerships that do worse are made up of players who lack Multon's genius at lead-directing calls.


There was a philosopher who pre-dated Bertrand Russell; his name was William of Occam.
March 16
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