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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 16, 2011
Last Seen
6 hours ago
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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How do you play 4!H
I don’t understand the poll.... I’m putting down my hand as dummy, unless opps bid something.
What does a hesitation suggest here?
2NT shows 11 hcp (or a very strong 10) in my world.
Which minor do you open?
If you rebid 1NT with the intention to (try to) make seven tricks without trumps, that sounds entirely natural to me.
Which minor do you open?
Really love playing in a 4-2 fit instead of a 5-3, which will happen now and then when partner has to guess wheather you’re 5-4 or 4-5.
Which minor do you open?
1, always opening the longest suit with 5-4, no exception (unless opening 1NT ofc). Over 1 I rebid 2, 1 I raise to 2 with the given hand. Rebidding 1NT over 1 is also possible, and would be my choice playing our version of ...
Anti-Doping Violation by Geir Helgemo results in Team Zimmerman disqualification from Orlando Rosenblum Cup
DC: Especially in the last decade??? What make you believe that there’s been more cheating the last decade than before? I strongly doubt that’s true.
1NT-(P)-3!C Puppet Stayman-(Double)- Pass/Redouble/3!D
I prefer opener shows only a 5 card major after puppet stayman and not using it to find 4-4 fits at all, that’s done using regular stayman. This way you don’t leak information about openers hand when you’re going to play 3NT (unless a 5-3 fit is ...
The 3 word challenge
Best game ever.
The second card in a suit
I never assumed the method I outlined above to be standard world wide, I only told you what’s standard in Norway. I’m not at all surprised to see that other methods are used elsewhere.
The second card in a suit
Richard: I’d play the same card playing standard or upside down count. Standard in Norway is to play standard remaining count, playing standard and UD original count playing UDCA; which translates to the same card. There’s a check box on our system cards for subsequent count; original or ...

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