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Gwynn Davis
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Sept. 1, 2015
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Jan. 25
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about me

I am an experienced tournament player, living in Cardiff, Wales, UK. I am aged 72 (in 2020). Prior to retirement I was Professor of Socio-legal Studies in the Law School, University of Bristol.  

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England women's trials
It's possible, in a relatively impecunious NBO, where a team is to be 'selected' (no trial), to have a scenario in which a sponsor, who let's say for the sake of argument is the playing partner of the Chairman of selectors, offers to sponsor the whole team when ...
A curiosity
Reluctance to play Ghestem is largely based on hoary old tales (Ghestem forgetting his own system etc), but as a method it is obviously superior to Michaels. Casual partnerships will mess up, but forgetting what 3C means is a strange argument when deployed by players who think about bridge systems ...
Lost in Translation?
I suspect that Norman, and others, have got this wrong. Initially I read it as he did. Then, prompted by this thread, I had another think. The problem lies with language such as 'submissive and obedient' and 'if she is not taken care of' - readily viewed as patronising. I now ...
Permissible enquiry?
Fascinating subject. I would have thought that many regular partnerships have agreements (or at least, discussions) about specific aspects of leading. For example, I am unlikely to lead from an unsupported Jack against a suit contract. My regular partner knows this. I can't remember this ever being disclosed, or ...
Should This Type of Action be Recorded?
It can't hurt - in theory - but the climate of suspicion that pervades Bridgewinners is not one in which I would be comfortable playing the game. If someone bids on nothing and partner fails to respond with a decent hand, then of course act. But from my perspective some contributors ...
Director?
Will E/W call the director next time an opponent takes an ultra aggressive action against them and goes for 1100? Probably not. North seems to be a bit of a gambler. That is allowed. As for E/W expectations, my expectations as West, were I to pass with that ...
Master Points news from Scotland
It used to be possible not to submit masterpoints - a minor act of nonconformity. These days, like it or not, the system has us in its grip. Attempting to escape from it is as futile as trying to leave Facebook.
The price of headaches is, he said...
The main - or fundamental - reason we wish to ban drugs from sports (or games) is that we cling to an ideal that talent x dedication determines outcome. That is a relationship that is worth fighting for, however hard it is to sustain in practice. Of course there are many other ...
Lanzarotti Readmitted to ACBL
I suppose we might agree that bridge isn't 'great'if a great game has to be accessible (an odd criterion for greatness). Still, it's worth thinking around the point that the version of bridge played by most players in clubs barely scratches the game's potential (and arguably ...
Lanzarotti Readmitted to ACBL
I gave these two Bulletin hands to my partner (a reasonable, but hardly world class player) as an opening lead problem. She found the Buratti lead in both instances. Looks like I'm being cheated in my own living room.
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