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John Swanson
John Swanson
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Aug. 29, 2015
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Bridge Player
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:

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Duplicate Poker
These are my thoughts and suggested format for duplicate poker. Concept Poker has become an extremely popular game, both to players and to spectators watching television. The attraction can be increased further by incorporating the feature of being able to directly compare results by having players play exactly duplicated deals ...
Just finished reading Under the Table......
“It is also hard for me to believe that the American players went back to the Bermuda Bowl year after year, despite their strong belief that they were being cheated. My gosh, if I am being cheated, I sure as heck am not just going back for more year after ...
Yet Another Look
Dorothy Sims, a weak player, made a silly bid (I believe in the Culbertson – Sims match, which can likely be verified somewhere in the literature), which happened to lead to a good result. When asked why she made the bid, she replied, “I’m psychic.” A spur-of-the-moment excuse for a ...
Psychic Bids by US Players during the 1957 Bermuda Bowl and Related Deals
Good try, but Forquet’s line was more obscure. After the auction: Pass – 2 – Pass – Pass 2 - Pass – Pass – 3 All Pass From the World Championship book (published by the ACBL): “East opened the diamond king. Declarer ruffed East’s diamond continuation and led a heart to ...
Psychic Bids by US Players during the 1957 Bermuda Bowl and Related Deals
To become informed regarding bandwagon jumping, I suggest you read my book “Inside the Bermuda Bowl” published in 1998. To help comprehend what a loser is it to double 3 with Belladonna’s hand, give South a weak 1 opening: 42, Q9764, Q32, KQJ. Yes, 3 can ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
For those interested in systemic psychic bids by US players during the 1957 Bermuda Bowl, I have just published an article "Psychic Bids by US Players during the 1957 Bermuda Bowl and Related Deals".
More coverage the Dallas Aces...
From my book “Inside the Bermuda Bowl”: The Aces, known originally as the Dallas Aces, was a professional team sponsored by Ira Corn, a successful Dallas businessman. He had been inspired by watching the 1964 Bridge Olympiad in New York City. Although Ira had been introduced to bridge only few ...
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”

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