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John Swanson
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Aug. 29, 2015
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about me

I was a very successful tournament player in the 1970’s, representing the ACBL in four Bermuda Bowls, winning the title in 1977.  My partners and teammates were among the best ever.  My play is now limited to BBO.  I have been moderator of the Western Conference Forum bidding panel for the last seven years.  Check out past issues at: http://contractbridgeforum.com/

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BBO format
Timo, will you please provide the details of how the deals for a session can be automatically downloaded to my computer?
Fit Bids Give Me Fits, Parts II and III
Thanks to Phil Clayton who did all the formatting work (which was not insignificant) for this posting. Also, thanks to all readers for your comments. I hope that the article can serve as a basis for partnership discussion, and that you were entertained. I fear the best feature is the ...
It is that time of year again!!
Veering even more off topic: About 1960, long before the advent of spell checkers, my sometimes partner Jim Pestaner undertook to teach bridge classes at U.C. Berkeley. His ad in "The Daily Californian" appeared thusly: “Jim Pestaner L. Fe Master Bridge Lessons Responses to One Not Rump”
Decision from the german bridge federation in the Piekarek - Smirnov case
For readers who are not familiar with the term “Sportsmanlike Dumping”, it refers to deliberately losing a match in order to improve chances of winning the event. It is not rare for such a situation to exist when qualification is determined by round-robin play. For a number of years The ...
Improving vugraph
A self-commentary match would be entertaining and enlightening for bridge fans. Each of the four players could comment about the play or bidding to the kibitzers at any time. BBO software options would be needed, of course, such that the other players don’t see (or hear) the comments. Such ...
Harold Guiver stories please
Harold reported one spectacular fiasco in his The Bridge World article, “The Unfinished Match”. He is the only player I have heard of who, at a National tournament, literally stood on his chair to make a call. At another National, Harold was in a knockout match playing against Vic Mitchell ...
Harold Guiver stories please
About 1962 Noreen Walsh (Richard’s second wife and a character in her own right) carried a big teddy-bear (named “Bear”) to some tournaments and would place him in a chair to kibitz. In the Los Angeles regional, Guiver was playing a match against Richard’s team. When Noreen got ...
Catching Cheaters
Bob, I don’t know of any evidence regarding the cheating incidents discussed in my book that have come to light after it was published. I do know of some of the bridge public’s reaction, a range of total disbelief to sorrowful acceptance. In the case of Reese-Shapiro I ...
Catching Cheaters
Michael, a bit of history related to your “test-cheaters” proposal, from “The Great Bridge Scandal”, by Alan Truscott: [In 1959 the world of London bridge experts was intrigued by the news that Reese was bending his fertile brain to methods of cheating - quasi-legally. He informed S. J. “Skid” Simon, one ...
Catching Cheaters
“I don’t think it is so hard to catch cheaters at the top level.” Larry Cohen “Bridge history makes it clear that tournament officials are generally reluctant to investigate charges of cheating. Nor do they have, as a rule, the necessary ability to detect, to decode, or to judge ...
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