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Barry Rigal
Barry Rigal
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 17, 2010
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

President of International Bridge Press Association

Chief Vugraph Commentator of WBF and EBL

Writer, player, journalist and jack of all trades.

Sundry national titles in UK and US and Europe.

Always on the lookout for a good story, a good deal, or a good joke.

Please contact me at if you want to publicize something related to bridge, especially for a good cause.

If you want to use par deals (again prefereably for educational/charitable purposes) you know where to go...

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A Backwash Squeeze -- which I saw coming at trick two
Bridge Accomplishments
The only Bridge pro ever to have been shut out from declaring a hand for a session by a client? (Gertrude Ploske)
Regular Bridge Partners
Glenn Milgrim
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Honors Cavendish Young Chelsea (1975-1994)
Favorite Tournaments
Yeh Bros and Gold Coast
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
Barry Rigal Glenn Milgrim
15-17 NT; Short club plus transfer responses. 2/1 GF bar 'rebid'
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Barry Rigal Glenn Milgrim 2014
15-17 NT; Short club plus transfer responses. 2/1 GF bar 'rebid'
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After a Lightner double
I take your point, but 'might' the redouble be best used as 'you can run to 6NT if you want'?
2!d Opening to Show a Balanced 18-19 HCP?
What is the reverse of 'o'mission?
This should be a simple if rare suitplay question
if KQ104 is in front of the jack leading low to the jack might bring down the house. (Its the 'clearly' I was questioning.)
The price of pessimism
3 wasn't forcing; well there's your problem. South bid a non-forcing 3 facing even an Acol 2 response. Case closed. North's 3NT in that context makes sense even if we don't like it. Passing 3NT...hmm
2!d Opening to Show a Balanced 18-19 HCP?
2!d Opening to Show a Balanced 18-19 HCP?
In the context of transfer Walsh (the Bocchi approach) the idea of 2 or 2 including a weaker balanced hand than your 2NT opener makes very good sense. but the responses to 2 are so much better than to 2 that at pairs -- where frequency of ...
Bidding starts (1!C)-1!D-(1!S)...
I've never actually used any of these lines though the 'it's bridge' has come to my lips a few times and been tamped down.
Bidding starts (1!C)-1!D-(1!S)...
put my vote down for 'suggests'. We cant always have what we want, nor can we always show what we've got or have what we show.
Bidding starts (1!C)-1!D-(1!S)...
Shouldn't that be 'It's just bridge', 'It's bridge, Mister' or conceivably 'It's just bridge mister'?
Better to play 1-1-2 as hearts and not guaranteeing a second call, with 2 showing clubs and guaranteeing invitational values. That way at least you get some of the best of both worlds.

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