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Nigel Kearney
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Oct. 2, 2010
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Jan. 22
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Live in Wellington, New Zealand. Don't play much bridge these days due to work and family commitments. In the past have represented NZ several times including a silver medal in the 1995 Junior World Championships in Bali. 

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Is Bridge a sport ? The F-N case.
If you use the dictionary definition or ordinary usage of the word 'sport' then I doubt bridge qualifies. But governments are not distributing money because of what the dictionary says. They are doing it because they believe there are health benefits. And bridge does have health benefits, arguably more so ...
Is Bridge a sport ? The F-N case.
Is darts a sport? If so, which of the three categories does Phil Taylor satisfy?
BW 2/1: Splinters
In general I don't agree with these kind of constraints. A splinter consumes a lot of space so should give partner a good picture of our hand. For example I would just raise to 3 not splinter with K AJxxx AQxxx Jx.
Your Ideal Opening Structure
Think of it as a strong club system, just lighter and with the weakest call a few steps higher and others a step lower. E.g. Pass 15+, 1C catchall (equivalent to Precison 1D), 1D 0-9, 1H/S 10-14 etc. The extra step after pass and 1C is really useful ...
CAS Ruling on Fantunes
We definitely need to fix the process because it isn't good enough to have the final decision made by three lawyers who don't understand bridge or maths. People can go out and just copy what F/N did right now without consequences as long as they toss the ...
CAS Decision on Fantoni and Nunes
I completely disagree. I think we know enough to be certain that overturning the EBL guilty finding can only be explained by ignorance or corruption. And I don't think we need to read their reasons before concluding that. They don't have any new facts, just their own opinions ...
ATB - aggressive slam bidding
>>1NT makes life a lot harder for the opponents. That is an argument for playing a 14-17 1NT opening. It is not an argument for opening a hand worth 14 HCP when partner is expecting 15-17.
State of hand analysis by computers
I'm not convinced it would even out. Especially for slams, I would expect double dummy analysis to overbid to contracts you wouldn't want to be in based on single dummy analysis.
Looks like another reason to play weak NT. West has a tough problem but I think pass is reasonable at matchpoints.
ATB - aggressive slam bidding
It's easy to blame North but I think South's 6 was the worst call. North's 4, bypassing a cue bid in either red suit, is quite a weak action. After choosing to go on, South has done enough and should let North make the final ...
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