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Magnus Olafsson
Magnus Olafsson
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
Last Seen
March 28
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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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 ...
Setting the record straight: the French pair did it
I actually agree with you, Jean-Pierre: doing bridge probabilities was not a challenge for Borel. I've often thought about the reasons why he spent time on this (the poker model was different: it was a true break-through in game theory). I think he may have had a certain admiration ...
Setting the record straight: the French pair did it
Yes Yu. You're right. I apologize. But Borel was such a God to me when I was 20 years old that I take it personally. I apologize again.
Setting the record straight: the French pair did it
Thanks. I've always liked your famous signature (:)Yu). History is important: without it we don't know who we are. Borel DID identify, analyze and solve the Restricted Choice issue. And he should get the appropriate recognition for that work.
Setting the record straight: the French pair did it
I honestly don't understand this comment. I've tried and failed. If I read on a website that Taft was one of the greatest presidents of the US ever (I actually think he was), does it mean that Reagan wasn't (not on the list). Your comment is so ...
Mary and John and Bayes
And thanks to you Roland for your very constructive comments, as always. Of course, we all agree with you: it's essential to know the full theory before we begin to make practical rules (or shortcuts). But for that we have experts like you! In my view, the normal bridge ...
20th Ourgame World Computer-Bridge Championship
Kurt, I think this is a pretty accurate description from you of the status today and in the near future. The machines still have a problem evaluating the importance of dogs that don't bark, and it's especially tricky for the machines to deal with us humans when we ...
20th Ourgame World Computer-Bridge Championship
Thanks Al for an excellent report on an exciting topic. I think we all enjoyed very much the 6D board. And thanks to you and others doing this work. One of the many reasons why this is an important issue is the lesson learned from the world of chess back ...
Oldest age to become really good?
Thanks Charkes for raising a very interesting issue - and an important one for so many of us! Brain functions in chess and bridge are very different (see also Larry Robbins' excellent contribution above). I find the best comparison with the brains of those that do professional language work, especially simultaneous ...

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