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Charles Blair
Charles Blair
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Oct. 12, 2015
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Dec. 7
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Bridge Accomplishments
Dogged participant in Richard Pavlicek's monthly competitions. Life Master (USA) after 50+ years.
Favorite Conventions
Defensive carding: "let declarer tell me what he has". General principle: "The most effective sign-off is `pass'."
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ceblair
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S. J. Simon and economics
On page 40 of KILLING DEFENSE (1966), Kelsey writes "Lavinthal discards, being more controversial in nature, are not so widely accepted and have no place in this book." Times have changed? Chapter 3 of DEFENSE TRICKS (1963), by Hy Lavinthal, is "Discard Suit-Preference Signals." The publisher's preface says "This ...
Is it a demand or a suggestion?
I think Ely Culbertson commented on the difficulty of catching up with a previous underbid or overbid. Let's grant that partner is absolutely demanding six if I have the ace of spades or a singleton. Does that demand still apply when I only have KJ ? Does your partnership have ...
Maddison Square Gardens - unusual bridge event
Howard Schenken writes about the Four Aces Madison Square Garden event in EDUCATION OF A BRIDGE PLAYER. I think Mackey also talks about it in THE WALK OF THE OYSTERS.
S. J. Simon and economics
In his introduction to WHY YOU LOSE AT BRIDGE, Simon assures those who play bridge for pleasure that they can improve without mastering advanced declarer play: "Let (the expert) enjoy... them, together with his despairing psychics, his ever-weakening three-bids, and all the ingenious refinements in the carefully complicated systems that ...
S. J. Simon and economics
Thanks to everyone for this information on my all-time favorite bridge writer. Perhaps some may be interested in looking up two articles he wrote for THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, I think both in the early forties. One was called "Lean Days for the Bridge Pro". In WHY YOU LOSE ...
Post 21. Attitude of Mind and Acol copyright
Doesn't S. J. Simon use the title "Attitude of Mind" as a chapter heading in DESIGN FOR BIDDING?
Odd-Even and Encrypted Signals
Somebody has made available to me a copy of the 1969 A-B book. The disputed sentence occurs there on page 79. I agree that Kaplan's notes on the Roman system (written mid-sixties?) are a valuable resource, and consider them more useful than the A-B(?) book.
Odd-Even and Encrypted Signals
Somebody has shared a copy of the 1969 version of the A-B book. My description from a previous post: > The brief section on overcalls includes the sentence "Naturally a bid at the two level requires more strength and is forcing for one round." correctly describes material on page 79.
Odd-Even and Encrypted Signals
I cannot prove the Avarelli-Belladonna book was ghostwritten, but I feel it was not carefully written. The brief section on overcalls includes the sentence "Naturally a bid at the two level requires more strength and is forcing for one round." Taken literally, they are saying that (for example) a two-club ...
Odd-Even and Encrypted Signals
I suspect that the book ostensibly by Avarelli and Belladonna was ghost-written, and should not be considered a reliable statement of their methods.
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