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Barry Rigal
Barry Rigal
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 17, 2010
Last Seen
13 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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Dennis Bilde is 2020 Lazard Sportsman of the Year
This could not happen to a nicer guy. Congratulations; and richly deserved.
Punch the Chump
I didn't know anybody had a long running series with a comedy about cards -- I assume playing cards? I'm going to be very disappointed if Steve tells us this was a quasi-Freudian spelling slip.
Punch the Chump
I've never seen the title in ANY context before. It doesn't get much of a hit on google.
A curiosity
Yes I realized I got lucky/unlucky here and as I commented I didn't even beat par! It was the spade-club problem that interested me.
The Un-Basic Menace II
Add my vote here. Learning how to play double squeezes will set the rest of your game back -- possibly for good. And alas Dave, sometimes there are people who never recover. [I'm looking at you.]
How will you play the trump suit
I'm glad everyone agrees with me. :) If they hadn't led a trump this is what you would gave done; plus LHO if good enough to finish 2nd would probably lead the jack from QJ.
Scramble or Good/Bad or other?
Shouldn't we play 2 as an artificial weak hand (jump to 3 with spades and a decent hand) so everything else natural?
Jacoby 2 Nt Responses over interference
No; with shortness facing a stack you can't defend. You want to defend when neither hand has shortness but one hand has a holding arguing for defence. In other words with K10xx facing singleton neither hand with shortness will allow their partner to defend. You'd much rather defend ...
Rate mY Idiocy
I've played with a client who couldn't. In a national pairs event where the field were in a game nobody else was, and partner pitched the setting trick at trick 12.
Have you e ver seen a worse claim
In a slam on a hand where I had shown a lot of black cards the opponents led an ace. Dummy was entryless but I followed and spread my hand saying 'I don't seem to have any losers". The opponents looked at all the aces and kings and queens ...

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