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Brian Callaghan
Brian Callaghan
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June 14, 2014
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about me

Resident in London, England. Lives with wife Christine Duckworth and cats. Bridge player for more than 45 years, having taken the game up with school friends. Had salaried employment for decades in IT (as an IBM mainframe dinosaur) until 2001. Subsequently made a minor living as a bridge professional. Now mostly retired.

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United Kingdom

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Young Chelsea
BBO Username
bcallaghan
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4 or 5 card majors? Why not both! Legal in all ACBL charts
I had heard of "majeure d'abord" referring to a system but didn't know what was involved. Thanks for the explanation.
Introduction to Symmetric Relay
Norman Selway - she is now Kitty Munson Cooper. When she and Henry lived in London, she persuaded me to try out her (Truscott) variant of Symmetric Relay. I did, but not with great facility. As others have noted, it certainly slowed auctions down. On the whole I felt fairly neutral ...
Anyone remember Feudal?
Of course, I have no recollection of making the comment Ian ascribes to me, though it does have an air of plausibility. Could my drink have been laced with some truth serum?
Another Fictional Bridge Reference
Anne Rice for me. (Are we sure the website doesn't just spit out an author's name at random?)
Another Fictional Bridge Reference
Funny you should mention the book, Ian, because I noticed it in my wife's collection just the other day. (I didn't previously know Georgette Heyer had written a bridge-themed novel.)
Muiderberg development doubt
I play essentially these responses to Muiderberg in one of my partnerships.
What's in a Name?
I mentioned my preference in a comment in an earlier post on the subject, but I might as well throw it into the mix here: Bridge Alive
1NT - 2M to play: Alertable?
Richard Fleet. Who can forget the Acol 3 response to 1NT?
Steve Barnfield
I'm sorry to hear this too. I've known Steve since university (we were fellow regulars at the University Bridge Club). I hadn't seen him so much in recent years when he didn't play frequently.
Thank you Zia!
I was part of your team, Richard. Don't remember who my partner was, though.
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