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Barry Rigal
Barry Rigal
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 17, 2010
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

President of International Bridge Press Association

Chief Vugraph Commentator of WBF and EBL

Writer, player, journalist and jack of all trades.

Sundry national titles in UK and US and Europe.

Always on the lookout for a good story, a good deal, or a good joke.

Please contact me at if you want to publicize something related to bridge, especially for a good cause.

If you want to use par deals (again prefereably for educational/charitable purposes) you know where to go...

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A Backwash Squeeze -- which I saw coming at trick two
Bridge Accomplishments
The only Bridge pro ever to have been shut out from declaring a hand for a session by a client? (Gertrude Ploske)
Regular Bridge Partners
Glenn Milgrim
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Honors Cavendish Young Chelsea (1975-1994)
Favorite Tournaments
Yeh Bros and Gold Coast
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
Barry Rigal Glenn Milgrim
15-17 NT; Short club plus transfer responses. 2/1 GF bar 'rebid'
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Barry Rigal Glenn Milgrim 2014
15-17 NT; Short club plus transfer responses. 2/1 GF bar 'rebid'
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Why SAYC is so Bad (and we know it is!)
I know I dont use strong NT because it is safer. I use it for the principles defined in an article called 'Divide and conquer' from Bridge Today 15 + years ago. The idea of opening 1NT with medium hands and having the ranges 12-14 and 18-19 separated is inherently (I ...
Amazing Ethics on BBO
The 'overclaim' phenomenon is one I've found myself prone to (without realizing it in many cases). When losing the current trick and trying to claim the rest I hit claim and discover I am accidentally claiming the rest. I've only underclaimed once so maybe its a defraudian slip. :)
Declarer play problem
I dont have any idea what is going on! I'll play back a club to restrict opponents communications but why? Really not sure.
F-Z: Something Old, Something New
It is a good job there wasnt a club ruff on the second hand. otherwise I'm sure the club ace would have been led and the explanation would have been that the hand reminded the opening leader of an earlier board from the blue maybe history was ...
Introduction to Symmetric Relay
My immediate reaction was what Dave said. Surely first step should be unbid major hands. If responder shows a minor H, S, om.
Is it my imagination, or has navigating this site slowed down of late?
Very much last 24-48 hours not before.
The Platnick Award
At no-trump? THAT would be impressive.
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
I remember I was able to bid 1NT-4-4-6 with a client. It turned out to be cold my way up and cold off when played by my partner (even if it had been cold... in theory)but my opponents were incensed that I had stolen the contract ...
Gerber: Is it Even Worth It?
And thus Socratically wiser. Or at least possibly better informed.
Cameras as “Security Theater”
I think this is the idea and I'm cool with it. If we can't stop everyone we can at least make people aware they are being watched and still have the chance that a careless but determined cheat slips up.

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