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Magnus Olafsson
Magnus Olafsson
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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Member Type
Bridge Player
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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John, a really great post. In a minute I’ll tell you why it’s so great. One of your great grandfathers, a guy called Plato (running around Athens some 2500 years ago) had this annoying tendency to ask penetrating questions beginning with “what is X”, such as: “What’s ...
Restricted Choice - or not?
Thanks Alan for posting. Always love to look at such a stuff. Actually, in this case, the solution is pretty simple. East can only have two possible cases: K9 or stiff K. It’s important to realize that each case doesn’t have the same probability. The a priori probability ...
WOLFSON Wins Vanderbilt
Congratulations to all. We Scandinavians love underdogs. Wolfson actually won the best bridge team ever. It was such a fun to watch these boards. I’m ever so grateful for the display.
Test your analysis, COMMON GAME 13 DEC BOARD 5
Thanks Barry. Your TCG posts are always interesting. After the game today, seven of us NYCpros discussed the boards - like we normally do. This board confused us. It took us a fairly long time, roughly three minutes, until Peter Trenka found the solution. It’s actually simple, but far from ...
In the Well: Mikael and Ola Rimstedt
Hi both and congrats on your glorious career. You have always been wonderful opponents; polite, ethical and unusually professional being so young. I often talk about you guys with your sister, Sandra, here in New York. I often wonder how a typical Tuesday evening in this great bridge family was ...
Videos from Atlanta NABC
Thanks Robb. This is very useful to us who register players movements (left hand on table = 0; right hand on chin = 1; etc) to establish a database for correlation analysis. There’s no code we cannot discover - given this quality of visual evidence. Thanks again.
"Icebreaker" convention?
Hi Stefan, I’m glad you’re interested. It was fun to play and gave good results. 3NT was always six in a M and five in a m. Less than opening, of course, but vulnerability mattered a lot. I’m not saying that we had the best system, but ...
"Icebreaker" convention?
I played the Icebreaker during a six month partnership 1991-92 in Iceland with Bjorn Eysteinsson (the NPC of the Bermuda Bowl winners of 1991). He had played it in previous partnerships for a few years. I always thought Bjorn was the creator of the Icebreaker but I’ll check on ...
Help with Bridge Probability
Leonard is, of course, right: the curve rises very slowly. Let’s say the opponents take the first three tricks - everyone following. The probability of a 3-3 break is now barely 40%. But let’s say you now take the next seven tricks (throwing one of the important suit), The ...
Help with Bridge Probability
The Richard Pavlicek approach is, of course, the correct one. But, as a general point of interest, in January last year, I wrote an article here on BW on this issue (Mary and John and Bayes). In short, the conclusion is that the famous 35.5% probability of a 3-3 ...

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