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Magnus Olafsson
Magnus Olafsson
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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about me

Played bridge for a short time only (1986 to 1992) but did very well. Began to play again a little in mid 2014. One of the top Directors of the UN. Was on the team that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for looking for weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Retired in 2016 to be able to begin to play serious bridge again...

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing a Forcing Pass system in a match against Zmudzinski and Balicki in the early 1990s. They also played a Forcing Pass. The most common result was 1100. That was fun!
Bridge Accomplishments
Won the strong annual Icelandic Championship three times in row (1990 to 1992); three different teams, three partners.
Favorite Tournaments
ACBL Nationals
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Bridge is a sport. What else? by José Damiani
Dear Mr Damiani, Thank you for your contribution to this issue of such a fundamental importance for our game: cheating. Allow me to say that I respect the work you have done for bridge and I admire your many innovations, especially that you are the creator, and you actually implemented ...
Thinking - About what?
E/W open 1C w all bal hands (11-13; 17-19, even w 2 clubs and 5 in M; an excellent system). My partner and I got the normal 500 in 2Sx (although I would never bid 2S on the S hand, being vul). N was simply silly rather than devious ...
The CAS Judgment re FN: What’s Next?
Mike, credit to you for pointing this out. After Boye raised the first big cheating case right after the 2015 summer national in Chicago, such a “disclaimer” was much discussed. It was one of 10 steps I proposed in an article here on BW in August or early September 2015 ...
The CAS Judgment re FN: What’s Next?
Brilliant Doug, and especially your point that the standard of proof shouldn’t depend on the seriousness of the crime. The CAS “downgraded” the standard of proof to its “comfortable satisfaction” level. Yet, it found FN not guilty despite the fact that in 85 cases the horizontal/vertical position of ...
Dennis Bilde is 2017 Player of the Year
For centuries the Danes colonized Iceland, but we forgive them. I hope. Disa says Dennis is one of the very best ever (David Gold is my favorite for the best player ever), so I must say Congatulations Dennis. It’s not easy to win two of the best and toughest ...
Best plan to 10 tricks!
I think Andy got it right. Take 5 trump trucks in hand + A of diamonds + 3 spade tricks + finally one ruff in dummy = 10 tricks. E most certainly has xx-x-KQxx-AKJxxx for his vulnerable 3 level overcall. Bridge is such an easy game ...
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
Thanks Donald (again!) for providing relevant information. The statement from Mr Harris clarifies some issues. Mr Harris, as you may remember, became famous for officially (in a WBF statement) calling us the “lynching mob”. Us, who in harmony and goodwill tried and succeeded in decoding the secret codes used by ...
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
Thanks Adam for being awake regarding this important issue. Ever since the doctors took the ruling of the Disciplinary Board of the German Bridge Federation (DBV) of October 4, 2014, to the Civil Court in Cologne (Koln), many of us have been worried about the end outcome and the consequences ...
RR4 Board 30
Thanks Glen. This is exactly what Sabine Auken did but West played back a diamond and now she had to take prematurely a decision, i.e. before she could test the various 3-3 breaks. She made the percentage correct play but down one.
RR4 Board 30
Tom, You're absolutely and 100% correct (and I need to enhance my programming skills). Your way eliminates my condition that BOTH the diamond finesse AND the 3-3 club break have to be met (when both majors are breaking 4-2 or worse). Now clubs can behave badly. Thanks!

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