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Cathy Chua
Cathy Chua
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Member Since
Aug. 5, 2011
Last Seen
Sept. 26
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about me

I'm an Australian living in Switzerland and consequently my bridge is on hold. I learned bridge in Adelaide while at uni and as I've moved around: for the Interstate championships, I've played on the Open team for SA, Victoria and NSW, winning in the case of Vic and NSW. Also played on the Women's team for those three States, winning on the SA and NSW teams. Best in the Open Juniors was second. I have largely declined to play women's bridge, but have played on the Australian women's team a couple of times and won the Far East in 1990. Alas I've never quite managed to get onto the Open team.

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I played high stakes rubber bridge full-time in Double Bay for years, a wonderful experience. I consider myself lucky to have been at a great rubber club before that form of the game finally died. Other bridge results in Australia include first in the Open Trials and the Grand National Open Teams. More seconds than you could poke a stick at, but in particular our team got to the final of the NOT the year the Italian world champions played in it. They beat us in the final, but during the Swiss we were the only team to beat them, albeit by a tiny margin. In the semis we beat a team that included Balicki-Zmudszinski. 

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Apart from bridge: I read alot, you can find me on goodreads; I knit, you can find me on ravelry. I work in antiquarian books/publishing/writing. I played chess seriously as a teenager, played a couple of Olympiads and was the first female to win a State Open Junior championship in Australia. Love cooking. Adore eating. Theatre, films, music that sounds like music.

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I have blogs of all sorts, my bridge blog was very popular and active for a long time, but I drifted away from it. These days, it has morphed a bit towards chess, but there is lots of bridge on it: https://swatchless.wordpress.com/

Country
Australia

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing the Italians in the NOT final.
Bridge Accomplishments
Many Australian Open and Women's titles.
Favorite Tournaments
NOT
ACBL Ranking
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Lyon Restaurants
The trouble with holding anything in Europe in this period. I was going to recommend a lovely restaurant with a beautiful view of the city at night, but I see that it follows your rule, closed for the whole month.
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
I wonder if it really matters what sort of age/term limitations are brought in since apparently access to the mechanisms for deciding who these administrative leaders are, is extremely limited.
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
Peter, It doesn't surprise me that the offshoot organisations are equally decided by small groups behind closed doors. Having said that, the SPBF seems to be travelling a lot better than Europe/US/World, so maybe that counts....I find it odd that at a time of complete crisis ...
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
How splendidly undemocratic. And at a time when bridge is in terrible trouble.
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
Thank you. Do you know on what basis candidates are put forward?
Open Lyon Discussion Thread
Does anybody know more about this story? http://neapolitanclub.altervista.org/eng/wbf-election-time-interview-with-yves-aubry.html Why is it that anything to do with the WBF sounds bizarre and dodgy?
Picking a Winner
Been a long time between drinks, so please do point out why this comment is wrong: did East really want to signal a shift with the low diamond or was he simply organising his side's safe get out? After all, if he REALLY wanted to strongly signal the club ...
Should bridge go green?
I guess that's my fault. I wanted more like what we got, a general discussion of why bridge might go online and how and what everybody thinks about it...I didn't realise at the time that I might be breaking any rules about content.
Should bridge go green?
Pleased to hear informed opinion that online will make cheating harder, not easier.
Should bridge go green?
As against that, I might posit that chess players have nobody to blame but themselves and so their objectivity may be a stronger feature of their ability to evaluate. Bridge players, though objectivity is obviously important to their makeup, are able to blame opponents, luck and partners for their failings ...
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