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Barry Rigal
Barry Rigal
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 17, 2010
Last Seen
2 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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UI logical alternatives? (Bridgewinners Poll suggests yes, surprising to me)
For the record, if you were (TEXT EDITED -- SORRY) a passed hand your high cards are strictly defined. but if that is not the case, you could make an argument for playing this double as light take-out 4441 nine-count or strong penalty 1354 15+. And you could certainly make the ...
Are you kidding me?
When playing opponents whether in a match or pair game the first time we open 1 showing real diamonds and typically unbalanced we make a courtesy alert. To those who disagree, I'm curious if they feel: 1) "This is a real alert not a courtesy alert" 2) We ...
Are you kidding me?
The ACBL had a 'special alert' for a non-negligible period of time. I liked the idea, personally.
LAVAZZA wins Reisinger
Congratulations to Philippe; might this be his first US national title? if so, no 0-10K for him any more... :)
Another huge finish for 15-year old Finn Kolesnik
I echo these comments and would also say that my experience with the current crop of teenage rock-stars is that they are capable and willing to talk to the crumblies like me. Which makes it easier to get to know them and root for them!
Transfer style question
In considering this question, responders might like to comment if they would feel the same way after an overcall of 1NT over (1) a major, (2) a minor, I decided not to transfer for the first time in my life last week facing an opener -- it worked very well! But ...
Fu and Li Win Women's Pairs
Anyone who wants to bet against the Chinese women winning any given women's team event should come to me with cold hard cash. In the last 12-24 months they have put up some very solid results in open events (Yeh/NEC) and their squads are young. Maybe not as ...
BridgeWinners Golden Raspberry Awards 2019
An entry for stupidest comment too? We lost a qualifying match two days ago to a pair who couldn't cash out QJ5 AKxxx against 1H-P-1NT-AP. East won the spade lead at trick one and with an entryless hand switched to the king; (dummy has 1095) I played the eight ...
Upside upside down
With the queen in dummy you always give top from three small or three to the jack. So if you see a non-jack you know partner doesn't have jack-third. You may not know much else but you know that. By the way for completeness with J10 doubleton you play ...
A Spade-Double inversion
The sequences with a spade/x inversion include 1(2)-1-3-x.

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