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Tim Bourke
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 3, 2014
Last Seen
Dec. 9
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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Post 18. Mr. Harold Thorne and his “Bridge In 20 Minutes” little book. Monday 3rd September.
Paul Ryan believes the most likely person being this author is Harold Henry Thorne, 1888-1964 but it is still unconfirmed. Paul has not found an obituary as yet.
Post 18. Mr. Harold Thorne and his “Bridge In 20 Minutes” little book. Monday 3rd September.
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Post 18. Mr. Harold Thorne and his “Bridge In 20 Minutes” little book. Monday 3rd September.
The best biographical data person I know (Paul Ryan of LA) has Phillips, Hubert, 1891-1964. Biographical article appears in Wikipedia. x Petronius.
The Next Step
I analysed and wrote about Australian bridge teams finals for about 20 years (1975-1995). In that period I found only one pair that was clearly better as defenders than as declarers on multiple occasions. About 20 years we played against them: 1NT(weak) from partner 2C from me "What's ...
Bridge Books
In general, the items in "Bridge Books in English" are those that were sold for some amount. We did not include Ephemera, such as catalogues, tournament programmes or post WWII booklets for nationwide games. I have 10,073 items in my data base, about 7500 of which are marked as ...
Eric Murray 1928-2018
That is a lovely tribute to someone I only knew through Edgar Kaplan's wonderful match reports in TBW and Roy Hughes's book.
Seeking PhD Candidate for 3 year Bridge Project
Research like that proposed by Professor Punch is necessary if the Bridge community is to persuade policy makers that the game can make a difference to young people's lives. Several times in the last 25 years members of our Bridge community have run programs that introduced "troubled,/economically disadvantaged ...
Post 15. The Bridge Magazine 1931. Editors -in-Chief Mr. Milton C. Work & Mr. Charles True Adams
There were exactly 18 issues (I found the list of my magazines). I can probably do so next week if my planned trip to Melbourne to attend an AFL football game goes ahead. The most remarkable things about the magazine that I recall is that it was glossy up-market job ...
The Best Bridge Writer
I have collected bridge books and magazines somewhat compulsively for 45 years, amassing perhaps 9000 books & pamphlets and over 10K magazines as well as unknown amount of Ephemera. One of the things that still amazes me is the number of self-published pamphlets on no-hope systems that I have found.I ...
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!
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