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Patrick,
oui, c'est l'exemplaire de la BNF que je signale (2ème édition)
Jan. 16, 2017
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I add : the number of edited books was very small and the book is very, very fragile; can explain its rarity
Jan. 16, 2017
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Hi Magnus ,

As I wrote the only bibliography about the French bridge books 1891-1945 (private edition), and because I know very well all the great French bridge books’ collectors, I think I can precisely respond to your question :

N°31 JACQUIER (Jean, ingénieur). – Manuel du Bridge aux enchères § 1909 (vers Juin)

It is a very scarce book (really, for all the three editions)
First edition (1909): in the world, only one copy in public library, at La Vegas (Taxe Collection). Three copies in private collections
Second edition (1912) : only two copies in public libraries, at Paris in “Bibliothèque Nationale de France” and in “Bibliothèque Saint Geneviève”. Only one copy in private collection.
Third edition (1912), the most interesting : only one copy in public library, in the famous Bodleian Library of Oxford (Jessel Collection). Only one in private collection.

I have the first and third editions, and access to the second. Do you want a particular detail about these books ? (N.B. : the author is interesting, he was by instance the last Director of the Canal of Panama between 1886 and 1889)
Jan. 16, 2017
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Yes, Rohit, and don't forget Brahmagupta!
Jan. 14, 2017
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Rohit,

I don't understand your question “Why isn't his name here?” about Borel.
This article is only a selection about the contributions of 10 famous french mathematicians. The author of this article dont say : here, is the contributions of the 10 most famous french mathematicians.

By instance, there is also another very famous french mathematician who is not in the list : Abraham de Moivre, a friend of Newton (and de Moivre was also a leading mathematician of probabilities)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_de_Moivre
Jan. 14, 2017
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Yes, when we see the second hand follows suit, there is now only two possible cases : West can have only one case of 2/2 (= 1/6 of app. 40%) or one case of 3/1 (= 1/8 of app.50%)and finally this is app. 6,65 for the drop against 6,25
Jan. 14, 2017
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I have this book (as 99% of the french bridge books between 1892 and 1970) but I am not at home before two days.
If my memory is good (?) 90% of the book concerns the pitfalls and ploys, not the cheating. But yes, I think the author speaks about the need for curtains above and under the table.
Dec. 20, 2016
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What is the name of this sort of Stayman ?
Oct. 17, 2016
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In 1974 in Venice the French Team have only 4 players. It was a disaster, and this practice to play with only four players was very criticized at the time (cf. “Le Bridgeur”, n°355, July 1974, p.18 )

In 1974 the french trials (for the national team) were played with only 4 players in each team. Thus, Covo Paladino were not in the selected team.
Oct. 17, 2016
Philippe Bodard edited this comment Oct. 17, 2016
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I play penalty in direct seat and artificial in balancing seat versus weak NT : my expertise is that generally 1NT is a good contract for the opener, and because every time I have a long suit, never my partner finds the lead : so, my problem, that is to not allow the opener plays 1NT. I have to can bid a long minor and also a two-suited with majors (space for auction is limited). Accordingly, I play in 4th seat : X = long clubs or the majors or a big hand (rebid 2D); 2 C = long diamonds (4 M possible); 2 D = multi; 2 H and 2 S = 5M and 4+ minor. Imo, this the best defense againt weak NT in 4th seat. I play the same againt strong NT.
Aug. 27, 2016
Philippe Bodard edited this comment Aug. 27, 2016
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Yes.
So, by instance, we could see the team of Paul Street with 4 European Champions 2016 (Bessis, Lorenzini, Quantin and Volcker)
July 26, 2016
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Winston Churchill said during the war and about France : “A country with 360 varieties of cheese can't be dead”
And in the reality, cf Androuet, a great expert in cheese, there are more than one thousand varieties of cheese in France !
April 13, 2016
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Ray,
“Of course, at MP scoring you get a bottom on those major hands”

I usually open 1NT with 5M at MP.
There are three success factors to open 1NT you dont evoke :
1) very often when you play 1NT, the lead gives you a trick you have never made at 2H/2S and the defense against 1NT is more difficult than against 2H/2S.
2) the 5-3 fit : in 32% (28+4), the suit will be 4/1 or 5/0. In this case, in 16% (one out of six), the leader may begin in your suit !! Curiously, this fact is almost never mentioned (I think the “normal” players dont have a big habit of the opening 1NT with 5M)
3) at MP, when you play 1NT with a 5-3 M fit, you must have to count the number of tricks you would have at 2H/2S and you have to adapt your line of play (you must take all the risks to beat their scores)

I will add that open with 5H is clearly better than with 5S
March 2, 2016
Philippe Bodard edited this comment March 2, 2016
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In 1974, in “Cino Del Duca”, Facchini-Zuchelli won, and Chagas-Assumpçao were 4th. But the realized percentage was not published in “Le Bridgeur”, because that year the tournament was in Italy (one year in France, one year in Italy). So I cannot know if Chagas and his partner made 65% and after 70%. But statistically, because of the very big number of players, to win this kind of tournament,you have to make a huge score.
Nov. 14, 2015
Philippe Bodard edited this comment Nov. 14, 2015
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I play “Spin double”.
So, X = 4+ and 1 = no 4, to follow (balanced or minors)
Nov. 13, 2015
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The winners won 30.000 Francs, so = 23.000 € of today or 24,800 $
The fourth only 9.000 Francs, so = 7.000 € of today or 7,560 $

1 franc 1974 = 0,765 € 2015 (official indice INSEE France)
1 € 2015 = 1,08 $ (nov 2015)
Nov. 13, 2015
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I can add : the same year (1974), Facchini-Zuchelli won another tournament with very important money prices (the most important money tournament in Europe because played every year) la “Coupe d'Or CINO DEL DUCCA”
The third most important tournament with money prices was Juan-les-Pins, but I dont know if Facchini-Zuchelli played this event (one thing is sure, there were not in the top ten)

Another add : Facchini-Zuchelli also won in 1974 “The Sunday Times” !
Nov. 13, 2015
Philippe Bodard edited this comment Nov. 13, 2015
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Le BRIDGEUR 6 juillet 1974 N°355

1) article général pages 28-29-30 “Suprématie italienne à Monte-Carlo”
2) page 39 : résultats

Classement :
1. Facchini-Zuchelli (Italie), 253,45%
2. Cohen-Katz (USA), 251,94%
3. Belladonna-Garozzo (Italie), 248,13%
4. Teverini-Vives (France), 241,02%
5. Mr et Me Gandini (Italie), 239,38%
6. Russel-Sontag (USA), 239,33%
7. Chagas-Assumpçao (Brésil), 239,12%

La revue française du Bridge = no article, only an advertising.
Nov. 13, 2015
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Ethan,
You are right, but it is not of a big help, Roberto is totally blind
Nov. 11, 2015
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Paul,
If the devil needs an advocate, I will suggest your name.
Nov. 10, 2015
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