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Barry Rigal
Barry Rigal
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 17, 2010
Last Seen
12 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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DONT vs. Meckwell
As noted above I agree Bart's opinion re wanting to play 2m. All too often even if you buy it in 2m and make it you lose out the penalty you'd get against 1NT or the suit they were about to run to. Or you let them x ...
1M-3M: How Do You Play It?
I suspect it is linked to getting older (unlike all of you guys) to focus on constructive bidding in a standard base and use it as mixed. 4(+) trumps 6-9 say, with concessions to vulnerability. Then 1M-3 is three trumps, with either a singleton or a source of tricks ...
DONT vs. Meckwell
Do you buy the hypothesis that you will almost never buy the hand in 2/2 with a single suited minor (and you may not score well if you do?). If you have a hand prepared to go to the three-level you may be better off doing it ...
DONT vs. Meckwell
Thanks all. Yes if the NT range includes 13 as the lower limit (or 14-16 for all those random precisionites in 3rd seat NV) we play penalty double. Otherwise two-suiter. And yes 2M is 5M 4+ minor.
DONT vs. Meckwell
Before you make the final decision, have you considered the merits of Woolsey or Multi-Landy. x = longer minor + major 2 = majors 2 = one major 2M is longer M + minor. This has the benefit over the other defenses that you identify relative suit lengths at once while giving up ...
Fit Non-Jump or Natural Non-Forcing
As Tina Turner said "What's logic got to do with it?" Maybe you meant: 'by inspection.' The fact that I agree with you doesn't mean this argument will convince anyone.
Nursery Rhymes revisited
I'm lazier than Michael but I've spent quite a few hours down the rabbit-hole when I (or someone else) has noticed a counter-intuitive result. Somewhere in my files are bizarre double guard squeezes and clash squeezes that only saw the light of day when a side-suit split in ...
Fit Non-Jump or Natural Non-Forcing
Daniel's early death was a great loss to bridge. Agree wholeheartedly.
BBO format
I've kept my antique windows BBO and am eternally grateful for that. Is it just my clients incompetence that when they ask "How do I ask my opponents questions" and I say "If chat doesn't work use the arrows". They then say 'What arrows?" Apparently this facility either ...
Nursery Rhymes revisited
This reminds me of one of my favorite verses. Because the author didn't have to include a bridge hand it is properly rhyming and scans; ergo I didn't write it. An accident happened to my brother Jim When someone threw a tomato at him. Tomatoes are juicy and ...

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