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Ken Deighton
Ken Deighton
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Member Since
Jan. 1, 2017
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Writer
about me

Mathematician, systems analyst, book dealer, writer.  I live with 13,000 old books.  One day, when and if I can no longer find a partner to play with, I want to return to mathematics to develop my "Utilique Theorem".

History of British Bridge Volume I was published in June 2017

History Of British Bridge Volume II is written and should be available next year (once I find the time to complete the massive task of compiling the index).

Volume III is just an idea in my head.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
c1959 at school : "Ken, we are playing Bridge upstairs, would you like to join us ?"
Bridge Accomplishments
I play hands immediate, without planning any play !
Regular Bridge Partners
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
"1NT 2clubs 2hearts 2NT", when first I met it, instilled a degree of wonder that's lasted ever since - the logic of conventions.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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Bigger than Bridge
If I'm to survive in this new variety of the game targetted (or is it "targeted" these days ?) at the younger generation - the "millennials are they ?, then I've got to get "with-it" more I suppose. So to make a start, could you please explain what "Y'all" means ...
The Bridgeoscope, an invention from 1932 era
Wonderful discovery Shireen, fascinating. This looks like a game of Contract Bridge alright, so what can we see ? There’s no Duplicate board in sight, but mostly everyone played Rubber Bridge in those days, apart from a few experts anyway. There appears to be a deck of cards on East ...
Deschapelles Coup??
I’m not sure about that Philippe. They say that the “King of Hearts” depicts your Charlemagne, King of France and the first Holy Roman Emperor ! So in that light I think Milton Work got there long before Bao Daï. Here's roughly what Captain Browning reported in his column ...
Request from book publisher: can you identify man on the right please
By the way I've generally not included photographs in my books. Copyright is often owned by the photographer and continues for 70 years after he dies. But who was the photographer that took that snap ? Press photographs could be particularly tricky to reproduce, seems to me. So it's ...
Request from book publisher: can you identify man on the right please
You must be trying to trace copyright - its so hard to do - in my experience one usually finds that information about grandparents' Bridge success has been lost along the way. This is an extremely rare name in England, indeed utmost rare. There's a Louis J Alt, born 2nd November ...
Inexpensive, Portable Screens?
Maybe Richard, but who needs that kind of screen anyway, All you need (if you need !), surely, is an ultra high table tennis net.
Ruling fron Eastbourne
Yes, I went up to Leicester University in 1963 and that's the year when it all started and Leicester won. No thanks to me - I was busy playing Bridge, drinking and doing other things !
First three classes
Bidding a when you haven't got s just doesn't make sense to a beginner and that includes me - start 'em off with Acol !
Ruling fron Eastbourne
Reading all this - give me strength to keep playing the game that I love !
Ethymology of "canapé" in Bridge?
Paul & Patrick, thank you, that's interesting. But I don't think it was M. Pierre Albarran who invented the "Canape" bid, although he may have been the first to use that term. "Feeler" bids were quite common in America in the 1920's, although virtually unknown n England. Here ...

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