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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 16, 2011
Last Seen
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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
ACBL Ranking
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ATB - No Play Slam
North do have a seven loser hand using normal LTC, only one in spades knowing about a 10+ fit.
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
Exactly which nine tricks do you suggest EW make in 3NT? Seems to me like NS will get 3+1+1 before E can get to nine.
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Is this also an American thing (players not wanting Bridgemates)? I really don't understand this. Over here they're very popular. Because of all the benefits. I know some (few) players are uncomfortable using them, I think they get distracted. But they just sit south or west. The real ...
Small Sectional Swiss Team Event
This all seems very strange for us over here. The whole idea of a swiss movement is that all can play in the same field, and after a few rounds, all teams have found their place in the rankings. We never have more than one field in swiss tournamets, be ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
On our annual bridge festival, 8 tables share boards. In any 3x3 square of tables, the center table is used for sharing boards. In pairs tournaments, with 3 board rounds, we preduplicate N/2 sets of boards, where N is the total number of tables.
Feedback: ACBL Convention Charts
John: We play 2 showing 18-19 balanced only. I often jokingly propose opponents should play a 2NT overcall as 12-14 balanced.
Fate has no mercy
No, he couldn't. He mentally was a few tricks further in the play, having lost a club finesse to the king and wanted to finesse the ten when he called for a low card from dummy. He might have gotten away with changing it to the jack or queen ...
What does this bid mean?
4 definitely doesn’t set up a forcing pass, IMO. Responder might pass out 4.
Should, Shall, Must (again)
The ACBL??? Surely you mean the WBF.
What does this bid mean?
Nothing below game. Look at the bidding. What do you think is more important; being able to make a slam invite below game or find out what to do when they bid 4? You don’t even know who own the hand at this point.

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