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Barry Rigal
Barry Rigal
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 17, 2010
Last Seen
6 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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Roland Wald R.I.P.
I thought I saw 74 somewhere?
Ogust followup
Playing 2NT as GF except facing a doubly minimum hand is fine by me. But having the agreement that 2NT then 3 is NF -- allowing opener to get out with a minimum in HCP is OK as well.
Glorious Dummies
I don't think any of those dummies compare to the flat board posted three/four weeks ago where Larry Sealy opened 1 in third seat on a 5-4-4-0 six count with AQxx and out. When his partner boosted him to 6 I doubt if he would have ...
What do these bids mean?
I took 5 as hearts and a minor with some grand slam interest, 5NT as bid the minor. I would have thought 4NT then 5 as the grand slam try.
Off-topic: Alternative Corona Pastime: Killer Sudoku
The NY Times is running 'two not-touch' puzzles right now. Check them out... it may just be the variety/novelty but I'm loving them.
No <50% boards
Not relevant to your story Finn but I find it very satisfying when playing with a client and we have no boards below 33%. Even better is if we have no 'bad' boards from partnership error. That doesn't happen too much but when you do the best you can ...
Roland Wald R.I.P.
Roland's work in setting up BBO vugraph will live on. Few of us will leave such a lasting record.
Record trump support; Partnership agreement
That might be an indirect record in that it was the fifth call of the auction that introduced their 13-card fit. Of course an artificial call to show a long suit might achieve the same result but this seems 'odder'. The history books are full of pairs playing Multi missing ...
Distribs. for 1NT with stiff A/K/Q
I'm pleased to hear that we are only discussing 4441 shapes. Some 4441s are easier to bid than others. Stiff spade is the worst; 1m-1-2 is ugly but at least you have two suits in below 2NT. 1m-1-2 on 4-1-4-4 is probably going to leave ...
Distribs. for 1NT with stiff A/K/Q
I wondered if it was possible to disagree with Bob more strongly than I did on responding 1NT to a x with a four-card major. Thanks Bob for clearing a very high bar. Opening 2NT with a singleton...please, please, Bob do it against me! I know it is possible ...

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