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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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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!
RR4 Board 30
Take the third club trick before K of spades and a spade to the jack. I know, I know, I'll go down a few if West has the Q...
RR4 Board 30
Sabine can rest assured: her decision to take the diamond finesse is actually more than three times more likely to succeed than to rely on 3-3 breaks in two of the other suits (due to communication problems, you basically need 3-3 breaks in both black suits). On a club lead ...
Experiment for master thesis
Very interesting indeed. It really takes you only a few minutes to deal with these decisions. My randomly chosen role was "sponsor", which is pretty straight-forward in terms of decisions. Interesting in Game Theory also. One minor observation regarding an adjustment: I don't want to receive a payment for ...
BBO Vugraph - Where are the women?
Peg, Oren is a fine young man and he means well. He will take good care of ALL bridge players. His work on BW is to be blessed.
BBO Vugraph - Where are the women?
I'm a bit like JoAnn who began this whole discussion: surprised by the narrowness of the comments here on BW. We Scandinavians may suffer from the problem of being obsessed with "gender issues". But there is thinking behind the concept: Women are simply more intelligent than us males. Look ...
BBO Vugraph - Where are the women?
The point is that we have the second day of the finals for USA1 (women) and the first day of the semi finals for USA2 (men). It's really astonishing to select the less important matches.
Foundations of hand patterns
Roland, like Han Peters and Steve Moese above, I congratulate you on this fine work. As we all know, inventions and other breakthroughs are typically due to solid scientific foundation work (and often in a totally different area). Therefore, I cannot agree with Rob Lakowske above (himself also being a ...
Setting the record straight: the French pair did it
Thanks Patrick. Great material indeed. I always thought "Contract Bridge" was a term first used by Vanderbilt and friends in 1925, but now it seems that it was already in use in France in 1910. I wrote a private email to you in French a couple of weeks ago regarding ...

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