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Hi Michael and thanks for your congratz! I´m sure I will have my revenge in a future Bermuda Bowl sooner or later :)

1. This is a question I am getting really often. I have always responded no because it´s about knowing how your partner are thinking in many difficult situations. Many people think we are identical but that is also not true. Being identical I think the answer would be yes.

But the more I think about it I think we do have some advantage because we started at the same time, had the same mentors everytime, discussed bridge with eachother everytime and now even staying with eachother. It´s quite clear we might have a tiny advantage but I don´t think we´re close to people like Meckstroth-Rodwell who has been playing with eachother for ages.

2. I don´t but it sounds like you have a fun story to reveal to us? :)
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thanks Johan, I have actually tried to find it myself but failed to do so. Too bad it is in Swedish so people wouldn´t really understand my analyze of the board :).
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi again!

Since we both have alot of spare time we both go to the gym when we have time over (about 2-4 times a week). We don´t go to school since we decided to put that on break when we got professional deals in America. I listen to books a little now and then. Rarely reads anything.

What we do on our spare time is up in the description.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thanks!

Not sure if we claim it to be superior but much better than before when every contested bidding was old school style. We just agree that precision isn´t our style and rather play natural system. For the 1 opening my answer is simple: Who cares about the club suit? :)

4c major openings is amazingly bad when opponents enter the bidding. But it could also be very effective because it preempts the bidding very quickly. But in modern bridge 4c openings won´t ever do well against world class players in my opinion.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Our version of Gazilli is my favourite. Our contested bidding is also very comfy in my opinion. We could probably do fine without most things in our system as long as we(I) remember it :).

b) Weak NT or 2 ekrens
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thanks!
Nov. 2, 2018
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The biggest benefits with transfers to 1 is when you can bid uncontested with rebidding 1NT as 18-19. But having 18-19 in 1 asks for problems in my opinion. We then decided to put our 18-19NT in 2 as most Italians. Many people ask why 2 and not 2. We like to keep our 2 as “weak with diamonds or strong” because the strong 2 opening won´t be contested by a bunch of junk when it has a weak version in it. Therefor we decided to ditch the transfers because of Olas reasoning and to play most contracts from the same direction as “the other table(s)”. We do believe in our declaring skills :)
Nov. 2, 2018
Mikael Rimstedt edited this comment Nov. 2, 2018
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The disappointing thing is I know one board but I don´t remember the tournament or the auction. It was like we would never play with eachother again and after loads of questions and polling (as usual) it was in slightly favor to me, but to be honest that was after a second thought from most people because it was a very interesting bidding.

Most disagreement doesn´t take more than a day or a night nowdays. I don´t remember when we last time went to bed, woke up, and still are mad at eachother for one board.
Nov. 2, 2018
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PO Sundelin takes the prize here. Without his help I don´t think I would´ve been close to where I am today. Is amazing skills of analyzing boards, especially cardplay, is unbelieveable. A true legend in our Swedish success recently.
Per Leandersson when he was a captain for the juniors was a great assistant to PO. Per always sat behind me during championships and thanks to him I think my behavior at the bridgetable is much better than it actually could have been. This obviously effects both my own and my partners game!
Martin was a very organized and experienced in what a partnership needs to take the next step into your bridge. In conclusion the Swedish junior bridge has given me most of my current skills in bridge.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Bobby and thanks for the congratz!

If people just knew how often we were blaming eachother before compared to nowdays people would be impressed how we have improved. My guess is it´s very rarely we get away with it. I know that everytime we do have a big argument and can´t agree who is wrong it always ends up with polling other people just to convince the other that you´re right. But nowdays we´re pretty good to handle these arguments so we just continue the next match like two adults instead of being enemies.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hello dad!

I think every tip has it´s own beauty but most of them is very old schooled which makes them not winning in the modern game. That´s why your usual sentence, as Ola wrote, “You should listen to someone with 40+ years of experience” is considered one of the worst tips if that counts.

Best one in my opinion is with 11 cards in two suits you are not allowed to pass out the whole bidding. It´s amazing how often it´s a disaster whenever partner has support in one of the suits.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Phil and thank you very much!

1) I have better handicap but I would say we are equally good. Only exception I would say is I am way more solid than Ola. It was a long time ago I had a round over 83 strokes for example. I have heard/seen Ola with over 90 strokes a few times this year.

2) I have played 36 holes in one day which is not much. This has only happen maybe twice or three times. For some reason I get very exhausted after 18 holes but it surely doesn´t prevent me from playing another 18 holes if I feel like it!

3) I have only played one course in Sweden which is considered one of the best. It is called Tylösand Norra or Halmstad Norra. It is in the same city I was born so I have played it a few times. I would bring them but never felt like I had enough time over to play lots of golf. Will hopefully play a few rounds after Hawaii nationals in a few weeks!

4) I feel like Phil Mickelson at the golf course. There´s no water or out of bounds that can stop me! Same goes with bridge, I don´t have any fears, I like puting my opponents under alot of pressure (except first round, 6th session of the world open pairs…)
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thanks for the congratz!

The bidding style is very different when you compare the open and juniors. Then I would say the juniors is much more socially fun whe you´re playing against good friends. I feel like most people are different people at the bridgetable but in the juniors we try to win but also have a good time and make contacts.

Let´s say you go for a number in the open. Then it would be like bad atmosphere at the table and you would continue play next board. In the juniors I have experienced alot of laughing around the table if something similar comes up. Way nicer in the juniors if the opponents are funny!
Nov. 2, 2018
Mikael Rimstedt edited this comment Nov. 2, 2018
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1) I think Ola got the fact wrong on this one. It's more like a streak of black outs I´ve had when I´m trying to enjoy my youth. This started being a thing after a weekend in Gothenburg if I remember correct. Luckily I haven´t heard it too many times lately except when you´re around :).

2) My memory when it comes to specific boards is really bad. I will need more time to think about this one. Everytime my partner is declarer I try to just lean backwards and think about the beautiful weather or something else than bridge.
Nov. 2, 2018
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a) I don´t feel like myself in an active role but I appreciate everyone who´s spending time to clean up our game.

b) For sure I do because it proves that you are on the same side as everyone who´s been trying to catch those cheaters. If you don´t resign them, then you don´t believe in the cheating affair imo.

c) Never never never. This is a card game, not a computer game. I wanna hold cards in the bidding and the cardplay! I think the plus side is so poor that it´s not worth it.
Nov. 2, 2018
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I have never been a fan of precision for the same reason Ola stated. Before people needed an “opening hand” to overcall or preempt. Today it´s the complete opposite and therefor I think playing precision will give you trouble most of the time when opening 1 or 1.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Eric and thanks for the congratz.

Five years ago we had a family competition in Mallorca. In the finals it was me vs Cecilia so that would then be my line-up for the mixed tournament :). Funny background story was that she was a couple of months pregnant but it didn´t prevent her from turning 0-7 into 11-7 against dad in the last set in the semis!

The second question is tuff. I assume you haven´t got worse since last time we saw eachother so I would say three. Maybe dad could allow us to settle down for next years Premier League and we will see if I´m right or not :).
Nov. 2, 2018
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To me my favourite country to play bridge in is those who can provide a good organization of their tournaments, Sweden is very high on this list. Except for Sweden I have enjoyed playing bridge in Croatia every time I went there.

Favourite bridge events is the European bridge festivals. Pula, Reykjavik and Madeira is on top of my list.
Nov. 2, 2018
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I was expecting this question sooner or later :). Best sibling is hard but best in the Rimstedt family is surely our mum.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thank you very much!
Nov. 2, 2018
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