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John O'Connor
John O'Connor
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Member Since
Oct. 11, 2015
Last Seen
2 hours ago
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.


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.


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


October 11th 2016



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
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Cheating case from the chess world
Almost correct Mike. The device was not a radio and it did not need a false tooth. You would need a natural tooth with a cavity of the correct size that had a conductive surface covering. It would look like a filling that needed a repair. No electronic circuits needed ...
ATB - Sanity Check
We may or may not agree with East's 2 overcall but I think that we will all agree that it is entirely plausible that a player might look at their cards, consider the auction and make that bid with the East hand. Can we say that West's ...
Aren't you sick of reading about bad director rulings
It has snowed exactly twice in Auckland since records were first kept by European settlers. Once in 1937 (I think it was on a Thursday) and once in 2011 - I have a photo of that somewhere.
English-German translations
When I moved to Munich, I learned a lot of German bridge terms, My favourites were Marriage and Kleine Marriage used to describe holdings of KQ or QJ in a suit. You can see these and more on this page:
Bridge Magazine RIP?
I never really understood why they did not put the online version onto the Kindle platform.
Which Movement Do You Prefer with 7 Tables?
For me no. A cane is great for people who have trouble walking steadily. As I said, my problem is that the strain of getting up out of a bridge chair is too much for my knees to take. I'd need a hoist.
Which Movement Do You Prefer with 7 Tables?
> Steve Tyer > I often wonder how many really need a stationary table. I would give a lot of slack to anyone asking for a stationary assignment. I can drive to the club car park and get out of my car and walk confidently to the playing area. If needed, I ...
Brexit Question
Most countries have a visa category that you could describe as a "sports visa". That is what would be required in the case considered here.
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.

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