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Paul Gipson
Paul Gipson
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Author of the Beer Card blog, living in the Scottish Borders. Our house is located in a very beautiful rural area overlooking the river Whiteadder. We have a retired rescue greyhound, Gillie, who keeps us busy when we are not playing bridge (me), Scrabble or knitting (Hels).

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing the Nickell team in the Spingold in Zia's first and last years in the team.
Bridge Accomplishments
Improving from the #106 seed in the Spingold to the #56 seed in the Vanderbilt over the past few years.
Regular Bridge Partners
Alex Gipson, Helen Gipson
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Berwick-upon-Tweed Bridge Club (
Favorite Tournaments
EBU Spring Foursomes, any ACBL National that I can get to
Favorite Conventions
Transfer responses to one club, transfers in competition (not for the faint-hearted)
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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System Notes and Online Play
Although I don't mind what others do, I do regard it as a temporary crutch that is likely to do me more damage in the long term. I worry that my offline play, when it returns, will deteriorate if I have been relying on my system notes (and automated ...
Defence to Bergen and the like
An opening bid opposite a limit raise does not guarantee the majority of high-card points these days, so I think a takeout double is more important than lead direction.
Where to start?
This was a hand where I was interested in how people would approach the problem even though, in practice, there is little chance of making the contract. The diamonds do not break, the hearts are 4-2 offside, the spades are kind if you do not finesse but there is no ...
Where to start?
The opponents were playing 4th best from a good suit, top of small doubleton and second highest from 3 or more small. I've not given the entire auction since I didn't want to explain all the alerts. But North opened 1, South relayed with 2, and ...
Bridge Hackathon Crowdfunding - your help needed!
Do the vast majority of players really want a stronger robot? Whatever you think about the current robots, they are far stronger than the majority of players. I think what most people want is a robot that is more configurable: so British club players would like it to play weak ...
BBO Team games
Peter Holland's introductory video and bridge channel is excellent. BBO also has an introductory guide at My channel,, has 29 short videos on specific topics relevant to club players getting started on BBO. One ...
BBO Team games
Those of us who migrated from OKBridge did this a lot when team games were first introduced, since OKB wanted tables rather than teams.
BBO Team games
A team match host needs to have been a BBO member for two weeks and have 100+ logins. You also have to ensure that all team players remain on the home server and do not disappear onto the new Casual server, otherwise they will not be able to receive an ...
The Short Hand
Declarer played the queen of diamonds on both pages 4 and 5. One of them should be the jack.
BBO teams/pairs question
This is not supported through team matches. Using a pairs tournament, for example a simple clocked three table tournament with three eight-board rounds, would get the East-West pairs to play the three North-South pairs. But you could not create team results from this, even manually, since you don't want ...

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