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Magnus Olafsson
Magnus Olafsson
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 27, 2014
Last Seen
July 6
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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Can AI help make better bidding decisions ?
Thanks Jean-Babtiste for this write-up. The bridge part of the work is very good in my view (but see comments from Bodell (esp point 4) and Willey (Q2B)). I very much agree with you that bridge is an excellent testbed for AI. There are so many problems in AI that ...
Who is Einar?
Mats, what a silly question. Everyone knows that this is Einar Jonsson. He lived on Laugavegur in Reykjavik back in the 1980s. A brilliant (bridge) guy. BTW, although it’s not relevant here, Mats, your new book on competitive bidding is absolutely brilliant.
England trials - success for BW members
I don’t know Andrew Robson,, but I love David Gold. He’s the greatest fun you can ever have at the dinner table. Just ask him how he likes the cod’s head cooked. I know Marusa will be in Iceland at the end of January, I hope you ...
Lost in Translation?
Paul Elstein’s point is excellent. Let’s develop his idea to a practical, yet hypothetical challenge. You’re a graduate student in physics, specializing in string theory and there’s a book published on the role of imagination in relating string theory to black holes. The author is a ...
Lost in Translation?
Allow me: “Imagination is like a woman. Conquered by force, she is initially submissive and obedient but, sooner or later, her charm and ability to develop, vanish if she is not taken care of.” Are you really going to have a discussion with me about this text. Believe me; I ...
Lost in Translation?
Norman, your six lines boiled my blood. Then good sense took over: there must be some misunderstanding, an error, a translation confusion. No one can be so utterly stupid to write words like these in 1519 (sorry 2019). This quotation from Krzysztof Marten's book is simply too horrid to ...
Worshipping Shania
Good stutt, Phil, and really valuable food for thought. Thanks. But I must say this Shania business is confusing. Everyone knows (as my mama told me decades ago) that Sól is the sun and Máni (the moon) is her brother. Sól is the daughter of Álfröðull (Elf-Heaven), who had just ...
Trivial - NO, something worse than trivial
Wayne Burrows, Paul Barden and Paul Hightower (but also others, as appropriate): it gives me a great pleasure to confirm Wayne’s calculations. I decided to sit down at the kitchen table and work out the probability of four hits from first principles - using a pen and the back of ...
Trivial - NO, something worse than trivial
Paul, I think your previous comment hit the jackpot when you wrote: “ The WBF reports a strange decline in performance among top players...they just don't seem to be concetrating very well on Bridge!“. Brilliant. And thanks for your belief in me that I’ll get the four hits ...
Trivial - NO, something worse than trivial
And at the Club today (board 14, The Common Game), my second board was Q654 63 A1074 Q83 So close, yet so far away.

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