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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Member Since
May 16, 2011
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started playing bridge at home when i was 9 years old - filling in when there was only three players.


Started playing in a club at age 12, and played my first tournament at 13, with my brother (one year junior to me).


Became a district authorized TD at age 17 and certified as a national TD in 1991. Got an A+ at the EBL TD seminar in Amsterdam 1992. Been chief TD in our national pairs championships final 10 out of the last 12 years.


I don't play very much, later years mostly in our national league, in the 2nd division and in our national club teams championships, and in one or two tournaments on our national bridge festival. My team won the Norwegian Swiss Teams Championship at the festival in 2010 (quite a surprise to all participants), netting an average of 22 VPs (max 25) over the last eigth matches.


I've been working at the Norwegian Bridge Federations office in Oslo since October 1991.




Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Becoming a Norwegian Bridge Champion
Bridge Accomplishments
Nordic School Teams Champion 1987, Norwegian Swiss Teams Champion 2010
Member of Bridge Club(s)
bliBest.bridge (Larvik)
Favorite Tournaments
NOR Club Teams, NOR Team League, NOR Swiss Teams
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What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
Hopefully, mine would too, Martin. My comment was purely hypotheical.
Plan the Play in 3NT at Matchpoints
Agree on that, although you’d look pretty stupid if east showed up with the queen. Maybe they’d lead a higher spot from four small...
Slap in the Face
Where’s the unlike button when you really need it???
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
If I polled this and didn’t get a unanimous vote for south passing 4, after carefully explaining the UI laws to the pollees, I’d make a note of players never to poll again.
2NT as a response to a reopening double
I think Steve means responer could be short in clubs, not opener.
What is this 5!C?
It just shows clubs, probably 6-5,and is intended to help partner judge over 5. Since we really don't know who's hand it is, we're not in a FP situation here, IMO. Both hands can double 5 to show extra strength. With the given west ...
Opinion Poll on Adequacy of Simplest Multi 2D Defenses
There's really no big deal with Multi, except that Americans aren't used to playing or defending against it. And that's a result of ACBL's systems policy.
Free bid after a support redouble
Since 1 most often shows (2)3+ clubs, I don't agree completely. Double is take out of hearts for me. Most of the time, but not always, it will provide 44 in the pointed suits. But I'd double with 4135 too.
After a troublesome negative double
I’ve played transfers over 1 (2), combined with a negative double promising two places to play; either both M or diamonds and a major. We got to the 3-level with diamond support only, but over an unbalanced 1, that was no problem.
What does it promise?
Not special at all.

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