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Tim Bourke
Tim Bourke
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 3, 2014
Last Seen
Jan. 21
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am an Australian bridge player and writer perhaps best known as a collector and composer of bridge deals. (I have composed most of those in David Bird's "Abbot" series since 1996.) I put together one of the world's largest collections of English-language bridge books, magazines and memorabilia - most of which is now at the State Library of Victoria.




My latest book is "The Art of Declarer Play" with Justin Corfield. It is aimed at the expert or would be one.




I am proficient in the obscure computer programming language APL and I have written extensive bridge odds-calculating routines in that language as well as many bridge-related formatting routines.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning a 4-session local event when playing with an 80 year old former champion whose game had gone down hill.
Bridge Accomplishments
Winner of 9 Australian Bridge Titles and uncounted State-level titles
Regular Bridge Partners
David Smith but I hardly ever play these days
ACBL Ranking
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Continuation of "First Official Collusive Cheating Case in Turkey"
This problem was faced in Sydney in the late 1930s. A pair was outed as signalling using movements of pipes/cigarettes. The NSWBA decided to make all events "invitational": you had to get an "invitation" to play in a NSWBA event. Guess who didn't get the invitation!
David Silver
This is sad news. I only met David once (in Toronto in 2011) and we had nice conversation. I had the pleaure of providing deals for his last three books and he was a delight to work with.
NICKELL Wins Senior Knockout
Apparently, he did the equivalent of winning S7 lead (denying a high spade) with SA, then cashed CK, played C9 to C10 and then played a diamond. The defenders were fixed. At best they could cash three diamonds and SK. If they took DA and played a H declarer wins ...
Big Deal in Play at Fall NABC
The idea I used for the Australian Bridge Federation's dealing program in 1996 or 1997 was to generate a number between 0 and the total possible number of deals -1 (approximatelty .7 time 2^96) and then use some algebra to convert that number into a deal. I did ...
Showing Slam Interest after Stayman with a 4-4 fit in the Majors
Why not play transfers after Stayman? One scheme after 1NT:2C, 2D:? 3C puppets to 3D then 3H = H shortage, 3S= S shortage, 3NT/4C = D shortage 3D/3H transfers to H/S 3S C shortage After 1NT:2D, 2H:? 3C and 3S are as above 3D transfer to H ...
The Bridge World
I first read TBW in 1969, thanks to about 8-10 years worth of issues that were part of the library of University of Melbourne's Bridge Club. The thing that grabbed me most about it were Sonny Moyse's reports on previous Bermuda Bowls and that was the catalyst for ...
Rare Auction Bridge Book For Sale
In 2008 I had a Bridge collection of 8000+ books and pamphlets, 10,000+ magazines and uncounted items of Ephemera. I am a serious collector of such material: indeed I have been rated by fellow collectors to have the best English-language print-based archive in the world. Over the years, I ...
Rare Auction Bridge Book For Sale
I probably have a spare one in the garage - I had one there three years ago, after I bought a friend's Bridge Library. And I will not sell it - I'll keep it for trading.
Rare Auction Bridge Book For Sale
I have seen more than a dozen copies of the book in 45 years of collecting bridge stuff. It's not particularly rare. My copy is now with the State Library of Victoria.
Rare Auction Bridge Book For Sale
The $200 price tag on ebay is a joke. As a long-time collector of bridge books, magazines and Ephemera, I put its value in the $20-$30 range.
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