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I play 2 as semi-forcing, so with no ruffing values and a minimum hand, I will pass
Oct. 31
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I once made a poster that I put up in the small town where I was living. From a distance you could read the following text in different colours:
“Do you love your mother?”

When you went closer to the poster, you could read that in between those big colourful words, it was an invitation to a beginners course in Bridge.
I had 14 people showing up the first day (in a very small town). Most of them was there for that half a year the course went on. My method has always been to hand out as little material as possible. Two A4 sheets each time and then repeating the 3rd time. And always stating that:
“No question is stupid. There may be some other person wondering about the same thing”.
And it was basically free. They paid only for the folder in which they kept their sheets in.

Another method for keeping players stay in the game that has been tested is this:
They pay (say) 50$ for a semester (this was in a university) and those who kept coming for 80% of the sessions and played the tournament at the end, they would get their money back.

Getting people interested is not the problem most times. Keeping them in the game, is just as difficult. Many teachers try to teach beginners all that they know. That is not the way to go.

In Norway now, we are having a good generation of young players - especially the girls are very good. I think that zero alcohol at clubs makes that possible.
Unlike before, bridge players are bringer their kids to the bridge and no alcohol has a huge role in that as I see it.
There is another thread here about the difference now and when I started playing, and that is that the clubs where they served alcohol have either stopped serving it or their activity is more or less dead. Especially regarding younger players.

Many places a club can play for free in a pub, but I am not very fond of teaching people who drink. I havent met any person yet who learns quicker when they are drunk. As if bridge is not hard enough to comprehend in the first place.
In most communities (I have also heard this from the US), you are able to loan a classroom at night in a public school (or likewise) for free, if you are doing a non-commercial/economical activity.

For those that want us to have more bridge players, I think getting them interested in ways where it doesnt cost anything (or very little), the probability of succeeding is higher than if the “buy in” comes at a huge price.
Oct. 13
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I hadn`t started playing yet in 1993 :D

I started in 1996 and when I went to the library a couple of years later, I found bidding books written in the 1930s-1950s, so I asked them to replace them with newer books. They did ditch the worst ones, but they didn`t buy all of the titles that I asked them to. So the collection of books fell from over 100 to around 40 or so. But, then again - the quality became better.
I don`t live there anymore, so I dont know the state of their bridge collection today. In any way:
People buy and read too many books on bidding. Books on play are far more important. Bidding is just something you agree with your partner. Don`t need books for that in my mind.
If I was to write a bridge book, it would surely be for beginners or inexperienced players and it would only be about play.

I remember once I was playing with an older man and we were to play Checkback for the first time (XY-NT/XYZ hadn`t been invented yet or was not known to us). We drove four hours to the playing site and Checkback didn`t come up in the first 27 boards, so he meant it was not a useful convention at all.
After lunch we were supposed to play the second set of 27 boards, only to find out that they had duplicated the first set, so I felt with him. Eight hours of driving, half the tournament went down the toilet and he didn`t get to practice his new knowledge :)
Oct. 13
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We all make mistakes. If I was to have a “brainfart”, I would surely have no problem people indentify me. You make a mistake and you move on to the next board.

As Bob Hamman said so beautifully (I often use that phrase when teaching):
“Even we pros make 2-3 mistakes per board, but people dont notice them”
Oct. 11
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I use 3 as an artificial F1 after 1-1M : 2
(and 2 as the same after 1-1M : 2)

So for me this is invitational.
Oct. 11
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I guess you have double checked and can confirm that your hand is balanced :)
Oct. 2
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”Where’s the hand you held during the auction”. Jan Janitschke

Perfect!

Sorry for your loss
Oct. 1
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Or like our opponent once said when my P forgot this agreement:
“Ok, so its either a single or a 6card suit?” :)
Oct. 1
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Furthermore:
I dont think you should reveal your code to anyone, (including me) because how can we catch them, if they know all “our” tricks? :)
Sept. 18
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I never found such either - referring to my other comments here under this article. People have been speculating that it was blood pressure medicine, but then you take any of the drugs in the list in the link under here:
https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/changes-you-can-make-to-manage-high-blood-pressure/types-of-blood-pressure-medications

You dont take Clomifene and Testosterone.

There is no transparency in this - neither whether it was a paper work issue or not.

I really dont care much. I just tried to explain earlier what drugs that they found in his sample, so that people would know. He accepted one year ban and I guess he regrets that he did break these rules - whether they enhanced his bridge or not.

He is still the best player the world has seen for many of us :)
Sept. 17
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As what I have said:
WBF has no expertise in this area. They have just linked to WADAs rules and added a further note stating “pair”, since this is a partnership game.
Sept. 17
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Well, in cycling and skiing, they train so hard using their lungs that they actually develop asthma. Especially is that the case for skiers, because they train when its cold.
Sept. 16
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They have just linked to WADA. There is no way that a sprinter would be able to take Testosterone, no matter what his/her condition was
Sept. 16
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Well, Henk. I am not actually sure you can. I am not a doctor, but performance enhancement drugs are not allowed - even in Bridge.

And another part of this (which is also a part of the discussion elsewhere here under this post), is that the WBF doesnt seem to have any expertise in this field.

I am sure that smoking Cannabis or snorting Cocaine or Speed will not help your Bridge, but they are still considered as doping. Because, short term, it might help you.

The verdict does not tell anything whether this is Geir Helgemos personal condition that could make it legal for him to take these drugs, or that he was taking something that contained these substances making him fail the drug test. He is not the first person to ever fail a drug test taking “Vitamins” or some suggested daily addition to eating normal food and exercising.

He will be able to play in November and I am sure we all welcome him back.
Sept. 16
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NO, I never meant that he was cheating - even thou he was (according to the rules anyway). He was just not being careful enough.

Edit:
Being a Norwegian myself, I think you should keep your outrage to yourself. If you didnt understand what I meant, why comment?

(and English is not my native language, so I may have lead you astray. Apologies for that!…)
Sept. 15
Espen Kali Grebrof edited this comment Sept. 15
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“How was the N-S auction?”

What does S expect N to have? I guess N would have overcalled a Major if he had one at the 1-level, even for leaddirecting purposes.

ATB = 100% South
Sept. 15
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Michael:
“ – KQxxxxxxxx KQ x makes 10 tricks. Opening 2♣ would be absurd (and illegal if very strong) ”

Why is it illegal?
Sept. 15
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clomifene
Why is clomiphene banned?
Clomiphene is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) commonly used in female fertility brand name prescription medications, such as Clomid. … In men, clomiphene can alter testosterone levels by interfering with the negative feedback loop of the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis.

They also found synthetic testosterone in the sample
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testosterone

Why he was taking these medications, is up to him to answer for. He made a mistake and he is paying the price for it. He also lost his job as journalist in the biggest newspaper in Norway because of this, a job he has had for 30 years.

As a nutrition advice, it is recommended that you eat proteins in the morning, because it is your brain that “eat” first. It may be a combination of an increase in estrogen in his blood combination which may decrease his body`s ability to obtain protein, or maybe some other issue.
Who knows?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11706282

((((removed the bad English causing outrage)))))
Sept. 15
Espen Kali Grebrof edited this comment Sept. 15
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@Jim:
Having worked in kindergarten for two years and having my own children, I can say this:
A lot more is happening in the first two years than in the next six. When kids are six, they talk about their grandmother or grandfather all the time - and they “knowitall” :)
Sept. 7
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When I started playing, my bridge club signed me up for the national junior championships two years in a row - even though I was past the age limit when I started. I guess I acted too much like a junior.
At that time they had the first seasons of the TV-show “Big Brother” at Norwegian TV and one older fellow told me:
“You have to go on that show!”

Now I am 49, divorced and have two kids, but I am still a junior. And I have become a much better person playing bridge. My last regular partner is 85 years old. I tried to teach her five ace Blackwood, but on request she always answered:
“No, we are still playing standard Blackwood.”

I have to admit that she is one of my best friends. Driving back and forth to the game in the car every Thursday giving us about one hour outside the game itself to talk together, has made that happen.

I will never stop playing either. I started to teach my oldest daughter the names of every card in the deck when she was about four years old. Now she is eight and we play different one vs one games. I normally win, but she still continue to play with me. She will probably start playing bridge soon.

Eight or 85 doesnt matter :)
Sept. 7
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