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Jeff Sapire
Jeff Sapire
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Dec. 18, 2010
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about me

I teach bridge for a living. (Before that I was in the sports betting business).

My favourite bridge book is Culbertson's Red Book on Play.

Reese and Kelsey are my two favourite authors - they opened my mind up to what bridge is really all about.

I've represented my country, South Africa, in a few World Championships, and always look forward to coming up against the world's best players.

When I think about how much of my life I've devoted to the game, I'm reminded of what the great writer, Somerset Maugham, said;-

'I would have children taught it as a matter of course, just as they are taught dancing; in the end it will be more useful to them, for you cannot with seemliness continue to dance when you are bald and potbellied; nor, for that matter, can you with satisfaction to yourself or pleasure to your partner continue to play tennis or golf when you are well past middle age. But you can play bridge so long as you can sit up at a table and tell one card from another. In fact, when all else fails - sport, love, ambition - bridge remains a solace and an entertainment.'

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Trick 1 signal
Same here.
Trick 1 signal
What is the obvious shift, Phil?
Trick 1 signal
Agreed Gregory. I'm not sure in which of his books it was, but I recall Terence Reese saying something about signalling; It's not what I want to tell partner, but what does partner want to know? Of course there are necessary agreements in partnerships about these things, but ...
Avon Wilsmore and Eugenio Chiaradia
Randy, in response to your post above - especially the last 2 paragraphs: 'I just think if u cared about bridge and wanted to help the game there is a lot better things you could be doing. Sad really when all someone has is to find fault with others.' In Avon ...
Lose the Bermuda Bowl With Me
Perfectly summed up, Thomas. My exact same thoughts. A pity - because a lot of time and effort must have been put into writing it.
Lose the Bermuda Bowl With Me
It's a lovely song by Joni Mitchell, but I wonder what the writer knows about bridge to make such a statement about Avon Wilsmore.
Lose the Bermuda Bowl With Me
Michael Beyrouti, Personally, I am most appreciative of the effort and research that David Yates put in for his article (it has given me plenty to think about, but at the same time I confess I found it quite difficult to read, and with too many errors). But do you ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Ronald, I'm not going to communicate with you by private mail. You ask 'what is the use of this crusade after 30-40 years?' Here in South Africa, we are still dealing with the aftermath of the days of Apartheid. Every so often, something emerges that shocks us, about what ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Chris, interestingly enough, I wrote this article in 2014. https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-jimmy-saviles-of-bridge/
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
If I think back, the one thing that niggled (just a little, mind you), but which I never really gave serious thought to, was how they had this peculiar style of off-shape doubles which worked so well. Now, I understand it clearly.
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