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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Member Since
May 16, 2011
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Member Type
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about me

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Country
Norway

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 Ch.sh, NOR Team League, NOR Swiss Teams Ch.sh
BBO Username
skjaeran
ACBL Ranking
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Open Orlando Discussion Thread
All working here.
0/3 Ambiguity
Paul: 2NT wasn't GF and 3 didn't promise extras. 3 thus would only be invitational.
0/3 Ambiguity
In a junior WC a Norwegian pair got to 7 after a KC accident. Opener had made a strong bid, thus responder was sure he had three KCs. Luckily (for our guys), opening leader tried to cash the wrong ace, hitting a void in dummy and setting up declarer ...
Falling numbers in Orlando
Andy: If the alternative was to send/fund a junior team to the open transnational event, sending the team to a junior event would negetively affect entries for said open event.
0/3 Ambiguity
"3♥ is mandatory with a shortage; (but 1♥ - 2NT - 3♠ would show extra values)" - see earlier comment above. Since responder can't take control here, 4 was ill adviced. It would have been better to show the control by bidding 4.
0/3 Ambiguity
Since 2NT isn't a GF, 3 has to be invitational only. 3NT to show a heart control seems like a good proposition.
0/3 Ambiguity
If you don't know what to do after a key card ask, you shouldn't have asked.
Falling numbers in Orlando
There were Open Pairs Championships in 1976, 1980 and 1985. I can't find the number of particpants. From 1987 through 2002 there were Open and Senior (from 1989) Pairs Championships in odd numbered years and Mixed Pairs and Teams Championships in even numbered years. From 2003, there's been ...
Is Anyone Else Confused?
Participants in 2002: http://www.worldbridge.org/teamchamprp/?qmenudetid=267 Of 160 teams, 20 are listed as transnational. Those are: Burgay (Poland/Italy) Fredin (Sweden/USA) Cornell (Australia/New Zealand) Deutsch (India/USA) Chagas (Brazil/France/Switzerland) Gromov (Ukraine/Russia) Mathieu (Guyana/Guadeloupe) Prabhu (Inda/USA) Roche (Canada/USA) Byrne ...
Is Anyone Else Confused?
A check on the WBF website shows that Debbie is correct. From 2006, all tournaments at the World Bridge Series were transnational: http://www.worldbridge.org/competitions/wbf-championships/world-bridge-series/world-open-teams/#2006-verona-italy
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