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Many thanks
17 hours ago
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As a matter of interest, what happens if the partner of the 1NT opener states that, “Could contain a singleton”. Do they get accused of cheating? Over here, we say what 1NT might be, it has an adverse effect on no one and we get on with it. I have not played in your fine country before but beloved and I are coming out for Orlando. Is there anything else we need to know?
20 hours ago
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Over here, we had the usual outrage when the Multi first appeared on the scene. Letters to the bridge magazines accusing the perpetrators of cheating and all that. The sage, David burn announced that it was every tournament players right to obtain a top against two little old ladies by use of the multi! Now, I play club duplicates at several small clubs and even the most ancient of my opposition open the multi and understand its continuations. They probably had fits about Stayman and Transfers when they came out, more fool them!
22 hours ago
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I used to play the odd tournament with him which involved playing on the Sabbath. I was instructed to stand at the end of his street when I came to meet him and it was always slightly surreal to see him approach, crouching behind any cars or bushes that might give him cover, so that his neighbours would not see him out on the holy day.
April 20
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Can't leave out,“Joker” Jack Newman who was one of the few players we allowed to join the all night game at the Acol on his way to work in the morning.. We might even have been responsible for his losing his job as he often stayed all day and missed work completely! Who remembers Viv? A reasonable Sri Lankan player. Gold plated no prize if you can spell his full name.
April 20
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Peter, we forgot the lovliest man ever to play at SJW. Issie Solomons whose funeral I remember going to. Wonderful, patient, kind man.
April 19
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Brian Mervis created quite a stir when he came from South Africa to England in I think the seventies. He came over with compatriot Gus Caulderwood, a fine player, known for his deliberate approach to the game. Brian was the opposite, full of agression and flair, he exploded like a bomb onto the scene. Thankfully, when you played against him, his style always meant that you were in with a chance. He died of a brain tumour, I believe, I do not know the exact date but he was not very old at all when it happened. A great character.
April 19
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I once played in the London pairs with Dorothy, she was a devotee of Kenneth Konstam, both at rubber and at pairs (although I suspect that this was her only venture into the duplicate world).
She played 13-15 NT, strong twos and 5 card spades and when you partnered her, you did the same! She was a dear old thing whose husband spent the bulk of his time huntin, shootin and fishin on the family estate in Scotland. He had no interest in bridge other than it kept Dorothy occupied and in London.
April 19
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The two Patsys, Walvish, and Alberquerque although she was more old Acol Bridge Club before Linda Palmer and Adrienne Jaffe (Edwin)left to found St Johns Wood.
April 19
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Fantastic Peter, I remember them all and fondly too.
April 18
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Sorry, three tricks.
April 18
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In these rubber bridge days of yore, even quite poor players knew how the wheels went round and ethics was a county adjacent to Kent. In these games, awareness of what was going on at the table, table presence it is called, was as important as technical skill any day of the week. The poorer, but vastly experienced players would take advantage of every nuance at the table and would bid on pauses and use them for their own ends with impunity. Here is a suit combination I had to deal with thirty years ago, against two top rubber bridge exponents, who used whatever means they had to, and if I gave their names, most people would recognise them immediately. Very simple - KQ109 (dummy) opposite XXX with multilple entries. You obviously start with a low card to the K. On this LHO glances at dummy for the merest second and the K wins with RHO playing low smothly. You return to hand and play towards dummy again. LHO gives this an imperceptible look and plays small. Your go. Any difference if you are playing against two totally ethical players?
April 18
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I remember them all and particularly Ernest. He owned an estate in Scotland and wore a monocle which he adjusted every other second. He would sit at the table, beaming, and lean over to say,in a cultured accent, “My No Trumps may be a little suspect at partscore partner”. I'II say! It was compulsory for him to open 1NT at his turn with a partscore, either side, whatever his distribution or points. He was very, very dangerous and did not play the cards at all well. If you got on the wrong side of this seemingly genial man, he would extend his proclivities to opening 1NT at any score and redoubling the result! Those times at ST Johns Wood Bridge club and the many, many characters will stay with me until I die. I would not have missed them for the world!
April 17
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I remember David very well, God rest his soul, and from memory, you got off very lightly, but as you say, what goes round, comes round!
April 16
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No, not dear old Arnold.
April 16
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I remember at rubber bridge in a high powered game in the early seventys, a spectator pointed out after the hand had finished, . that my partner had revoked in a small slam. The opposition of course wanted their two tricks, resulting in one down, and my partner was furious at the interference. The host who was also the club owner awarded the points for the slam to us (nothing under the line) and plus 100 to the opposition. The kibitzer paid for both sides under threat of losing his membership. Happy days!
April 16
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I think the thread died, not because all was said and done, but, because it got so terribly slow!
April 4
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Wow! We would not get away with this type of story in Merrie England. The people wold be wailing about misogyn and stereotyping women. Good old US of A, and you have Me Too as well!
March 30
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Does that clash with Surfers?
March 30
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I believe that if it was Norman De Vere Hart, who later went om to write several books and become a renowned rubber bridge player, then he was, if not a much stronger player than Capt. Munday, certainly a much more highly regarded one.
March 29
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