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John O'Connor
John O'Connor
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Basic Information

Member Since
Oct. 11, 2015
Last Seen
Oct. 19
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am currently on my 5th bridge episode. The earlier episodes were brought to an end by moving to a different city or country. I have played bridge in England, France, Germany, Belgium and now New Zealand.

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I have been playing in Auckland for the last six and a half years. Until earlier last year, I was just a now and then club player with a range of partners and the occasional success. More recently, I have found myself in a position to play in a number of tournaments as well as in club events and my success in tournaments means that I find it easier to get partners to play in more tournaments.

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My tournament results are improving and I am bringing home a steady supply of bottles of wine and small cash prizes.

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October 11th 2016

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Country
New Zealand

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Tony Forrester turned up at the Cambridge club with his sponsor for practice and came second. Guess who won?
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Auckland, Akarana
Favorite Tournaments
New Zealand National Congress
ACBL Ranking
None
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Should South find a bid with this hand?
Thanks to everyone for the comments. What I found most interesting was that almost everyone that I canvassed in NZ thought that 2S could not be natural whereas here there is a clear and well reasoned consensus for some form of natural bid. Of interest, the one player here who ...
Question from Opponent after Dummy comes down
Here in NZ, we have a rule that says that, if you partner opens 1 you are required to state the length before your RHO makes a call.
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
I have just played in the first two days of the New Zealand Teams Championship at the National Bridge Congress. * More than 100 tables playing 10 14 board matches over 2 days with duplicated boards and hand records available at the end of each match. We had no problems with ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
The three most recent cases: I heard clearly that three spades was down one. I asked partner to leave the table (new opps were not yet there) and called the director I was told that I could not play the hand. I heard a voice trying to do a "Peter ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Overhearing details of a board at the next table happens all the time. Far more than most people realize. There is one player at the club that Alan and I frequent who is blessed with perfect diction and clarity and I can follow everything that he says from the other ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Felix, checking is easy and as I described, we checked. But it does you no good if the results that you just saw on your BridgeMate bear zero resemblance to the results that are then posted by the scorers because of a foul up in the BridgeMate/scoring computer system.
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Careful checking of the scores on the BridgeMate against your own record is great but it is not always enough. Consider a Swiss event in which the table number and player IDs are entered into the device once only. The BridgeMate then knows which table it is on and the ...
No Penalty After A Revoke ?
Today, I watched partner play a an unforgiving no trump contract. My RHO had bid spades and we did not have enough spade stops. After pard's last stop had been knocked out, RHO led a spade and everyone else discarded. Sinking feeling. There are three more spades to go ...
Meal Times at Bridge Tournaments
In an ideal world, the event would be well staffed with caddies and well stocked with cream meringues and that would be enough to get me through. :) Outside of my fantasies though, I would have a large cappuccino with two extra shots and a steak and cheese pie just before ...
No Penalty After A Revoke ?
In a club game last year, something like this happened to me. After a transfer sequence, I was declarer in a game contract with long trumps on the table. I drew two rounds of trumps and RHO showed out. I crossed back to table and drew another round of trumps ...
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