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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 16, 2011
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started playing bridge at home when i was 9 years old - filling in when there was only three players.


Started playing in a club at age 12, and played my first tournament at 13, with my brother (one year junior to me).


Became a district authorized TD at age 17 and certified as a national TD in 1991. Got an A+ at the EBL TD seminar in Amsterdam 1992. Been chief TD in our national pairs championships final 10 out of the last 12 years.


I don't play very much, later years mostly in our national league, in the 2nd division and in our national club teams championships, and in one or two tournaments on our national bridge festival. My team won the Norwegian Swiss Teams Championship at the festival in 2010 (quite a surprise to all participants), netting an average of 22 VPs (max 25) over the last eigth matches.


I've been working at the Norwegian Bridge Federations office in Oslo since October 1991.




Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Becoming a Norwegian Bridge Champion
Bridge Accomplishments
Nordic School Teams Champion 1987, Norwegian Swiss Teams Champion 2010
Member of Bridge Club(s)
bliBest.bridge (Larvik)
Favorite Tournaments
NOR Club Teams, NOR Team League, NOR Swiss Teams
BBO Username
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No Open World Championships Until 2024?
With Mitchell movements it’s quite possible that 15 table sections played 13 rounds sessions.
No Open World Championships Until 2024?
In 1998 the sessions had 30 boards, or, to be correct, all hand records consist of 30 boards: I guess all pairs played all boards each session.
Pips on upper left hand corner, in non-English decks
Norwegian cards use E, K, D, kn, but english cards are used here. Denmark: E, K, D, B
Victory points for a forfeited match
That’s what our (Norwegian) regulation say. And I’m quite sure it’s likewise in Denmark and Sweden.
Statistics on trumps splits in BBO
«Start with the cards in order. - For each card, generate a random number between 1 and 4. - Assign the card to the corresponding hand. - If the hand already has 13 cards, generate another random number and try again, repeatedly if necessary.» And how often do you think this method would ...
Another Double
If you can beat 3 on you’re own, you pass happily. And t/o seems pretty insane too.
It mean what we have agreed it to mean. I dont’t know why you use the word penalty. If you redouble to play, it’s business; you expect to make, and are hoping for overtrick bonuses.
Maximal Double or not?
There are exceptions, Frances. Ages ago, I and my partner (both juniors back then) stopped in 2 on the first board of a round at the club. My LHO balanced, just to witness us bidding to 4 making. On the next board, we again stopped in 2 ...
Maximal Double or not?
Both show a balanced max, invites partner to pass for penalties or convert to 3M. Of, course, there are hands where partner will bid game, but that's very unfrequent, when partner didn't invite game previously. With a trump penalty hand, we pass and hope partner can double.
Heart Wastage?
For me, 2NT already would indicate an invite (or better), thus 3 showed a minimum overcall (3 would be p/c by north). Having effectively a four loser hand (sitting over the strong hand), I find it more or less automatic to raise to 5.

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