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Ken Deighton
Ken Deighton
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 1, 2017
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Writer
about me

Mathematician, systems analyst, book dealer, writer.  I live with 13,000 old books.  One day, when and if I can no longer find a partner to play with, I want to return to mathematics to develop my "Utilique Theorem".

History of British Bridge Volume I was published in June 2017

History Of British Bridge Volume II is written and should be available next year (once I find the time to complete the massive task of compiling the index).

Volume III is just an idea in my head.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
c1959 at school : "Ken, we are playing Bridge upstairs, would you like to join us ?"
Bridge Accomplishments
I play hands immediate, without planning any play !
Regular Bridge Partners
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
"1NT 2clubs 2hearts 2NT", when first I met it, instilled a degree of wonder that's lasted ever since - the logic of conventions.
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What Is First Published Reference to XYZ?
The first published use of of the term in the game of Bridge was in a wonderful book "The XYZ Of Bridge, [1906]" by Mr.Gilbert Frankau. It contains the exquisite depiction of The Tramp on the Embankment by the famous book illustrator Mr. Lance Thackeray : Famished he hied to ...
Vintage Bridge Tallies
I’ve always been attracted to Bridge tallies. The shapes, colours and design of some are utterly mesmerising - things of beauty indeed. So it’s no wonder they are cherished and you can easily see what I mean by going to eBay now. As Ned implies above, one suspects that ...
Vintage Bridge Tallies
I think there is a book about Bridge and maybe Whist tallies although I haven't seen a copy.
Indemnity insurance for bridge teachers
£25 seems very good value but are you covered : i. if someone comes to your house or appointed abode and trips over the carpet ......? ii. If someone claims you informed them with the wrong answers and they lost a contest, or failed to qualify in some way .....? iii. If someone ...
Post 22. Flag-Flying, Bluff bids, Surprise Bids, Psyches, Psyching, Freak Bids and general camouflage. Saturday 4th January 2020
I’m so grateful for all your comments and feedback - thank you. The post has now tipped over into the cemetery of oblivion, so, likely, only you who have made a comment will read this addenda. First, a few corrections : I did use the term “tenor”, dropping the “u” at ...
A Psych Story
Great story. This is what can make Bridge so exciting, both to play, and to watch. We need more of it, not less. HNY everyone.
Off Topic: Happy Christmas
Season's Greetings.
Bridge Playing Royalty
In 1938, Five-suit Bridge was all the rage and there was a "national" try-out in Bournemouth at the Cumberland Hotel on the East Cliff in late September. Sadly, when I went along there a few years ago with my partner, the staff knew nothing about that event, even although the ...
Top players playing weak (12-14) NT in a natural 2/1 system
It's interesting how the notion of "natural" came about. Ernest Bergholt in his "Bergholt's Modern Auction, [1924]" talks about "honest bids" on page 111 : "We may lay it down as a general principle, that a bid which is an "honest" bid (that is, which has the odds in ...
Voting for new KBA name
What goes around comes around doesn't it ? An anagram of the word “Bridge” was trade marked in 1903 for a Bridge scorer. Here’s a typical advert in the “Lincolnshire Echo, Thursday, 3rd December 1903, page 2 : “THE BREDGI” (Trade Mark) BRIDGE SCORER Of all Stationers. 6d Fifty sheets ...

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