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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 16, 2011
Last Seen
8 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
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Active ethics: A Step too Far?
That applies to a trick that could not legally be lost. As in one of the comments upthread, a defender revokes on the 2nd round of trumps. Declarer, as a result, believes trumps are 4-1, and concedes a trump trick to revokers partner. You can't knowingly accept the score ...
Questions for the directors
You write: "and specifically the ACBL version of the laws". Why do we so often see things like this? There's just one set of laws; the WBF version. And if you mean "regulations", please say so.
Another Comparable(?) Call
Your three first sentences aren’t true.
Garbage Stayman or Invitational
Over here quite a few play 1NT-2, 2c2 = 4c + longer clubs, combined with garbage stayman. That means 1NT-2, 2-2 might be 44, 55 and any 45.
Another Comparable(?) Call
If they play inverted minors as GF, 2 would be a compapable call for sure. Likewise if they play a light opening style, 2 as 11+ would qualify as a comparable call.
Law on Bidding after Pause
Not correct at all. Any hesitation can provide UI, whatever action the slow player take.
Is playing the same boards in a pairs event important?
Actually, you can have lots of stationary pairs in a Howell movement, using what we call appendice tables in Norway. I know there’s a different English expression for this, but can’t remember it. What you do is let two adjacent tables share boards. At one of these tables ...
Is playing the same boards in a pairs event important?
Actually, we don't provide printed hand records. But after each round the total standings and the last rounds hand records are shown on a large TV monitor. And after the last round, you'll find all the information on the clubs home page, for example last night: http://blibestbridge ...
Is playing the same boards in a pairs event important?
Why on earth do anyone use Mitchell movements? Oh, I know, you don't play preduplicated boards. It's a stone age movement, not used at all in most clubs over here, and only very seldom in very few clubs. Most TDs here would probably know what a Mitchell movement ...
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
Clearly, the WBF By-laws (Article 8.11) and the Disiplinary Code allow the WBF to sanction individual players today. The current Disiplinary Code was effective on January 1st 2016. The previous one, applying when the German doctors were disiplined, might not have allowed this.

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