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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Member Since
May 16, 2011
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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.


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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Assess the blame (13)
I played 3 lebensohl over 3 some 15 years ago. It worked fine. The downside is obviously that you can't play in diamonds below the 4-level. But that's not such a big deal.
How would you rule?
If they play UDCS, he can't read the signal he gets, look at the spot cards.
How would you rule?
I abstained, since I'd never allow a defence starting with two or three rounds of clubs. I would rule 3NT-1, based on a club lead followed by a spade switch at trick two or a spade lead. I might weight the score, including 3NT= and 3NT-4, but then 3NT-1 ...
How would you rule?
I deduce from the OP that the actual agreement was natural preempts. In that case, it's very easy. Both opponents got the correct explanation (non-alert) of EW's agreements. No MI, no correction. Result stands. Any TD should get this ruling right. (If the actual agreement was different, the ...
Florian Alter's bidding problem: 864 A3 QJ93 Q752
2, not close to moving over 2.
I had a nosittej squeeze!!!
Haven't seen the referenced hand, Steve, but it sound like an entry shifting squeeze.
I had a nosittej squeeze!!!
The original title of Reeses book is "The Expert Game" - a brilliant book.
GNT Format in District 25 (New England)
Seems like it's a Mitchell-type movement by the description.
USBC QF Segment 1 - ATB: Defense at trick one
Over here leading 3rd from a 4-card holding is absolutely standard, that's what "mere mortals" would lead. Some (many) lead 4th vs NT, but not vs a suit contract.
Correct Count method on a subsequent play in which the first card played in that suit was not a Count signal
Standard here is to play current count if you play standard count and original count if you play upside down count; that is, your signal is the same, whatever count you play when you give subsequent count.

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