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Paul Gipson
Paul Gipson
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
2 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 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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What is 1!C - (1!S) - 2!S?
I don't know the range of balanced hands that the OP puts into his 1 opener, but we can have five diamonds and two clubs so it is useful to know which minor to compete in. It has proved useful.
What is 1!C - (1!S) - 2!S?
I'm not claiming it's best, but we play: 1NT = clubs, weak or game-forcing 2 = 5-9, 4+ clubs and 4+ diamonds 2 = 5+ hearts, F1 2 = diamonds, F1 2 = 5 hearts, 5 minor, inv+ 2NT = 6+ clubs, inv+ 3 = 6+ clubs, weak
Missing alert
In the ACBL Alert Procedures, which I presume is the Alert Pamphlet mentioned in the Alert Chart, it says [i][b]4. Cuebids[/b] Most cuebids are not Alertable. However, any cuebid which conveys a very unusual or unexpected meaning still requires an Alert. Example: 1-2-P-2 If ...
Xmas party bridge
I think the octogenarians (of whom there are several) would say that this is too difficult for the youngsters.
What bridge really needs to become relevant again.
Putting dummy down BEFORE the opening lead is a nice idea for the Christmas fun bridge this year.
Format for National Team Trials
Scotland For a Zonal competition, team of 4 (four, not four to six) trials over a weekend. Rarely more than four teams enter. Typically cross imps used to select a third pair. For the home internationals: Open: winners of National League - 10 teams of four (not four to six) play ...
Am I right or wrong here?
It depends. What would 6 have meant instead of 5NT?
Bridge Players and the movie world
Not movies but Dennis Spooner was a British TV writer from the sixties through to the eighties ( who played at Harrow Bridge Club. As it says on Wikipedia, he often added a subtle reference to bridge to his scripts, such as naming a villain ...
BBO's next generation preview
The purpose of the next generation is to eliminate Flash technology. There is no Flash and it is all HTML5. I find this a lot faster to load (and is more secure, etc). I've been using the preview for the last two months and, like every major technology change ...
European Bridge Clubs
One of my juniors has recently returned to Budapest and he says: Both the Palatinus Bridge Club ( and the Budai Bridge Club ( have been recommended to me as friendly clubs to go to with reasonable playing ...

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