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Okan Zabunoglu
Okan Zabunoglu
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Member Since
March 22, 2013
Last Seen
March 18
Member Type
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about me

I am an academic living in Ankara, Turkey. I started duplicate bridge around 1984 when I was a graduate student at ISU in Ames, Iowa.  (Thanks to the departed Harvey Burkholder, the director of Ames Bridge Club during those years.)

Nowadays, I can only make time for playing in one or two major national team tournaments in my country each year. I also help administrate the web page of my bridge club: (sorry, it is only in Turkish).

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A 6!C in sheep's clothing!
When West has the long s, it looks reasonable to play A, K (pitching a from dummy) and ruff a . The analysis (as far as I was able to manage): (1) When West has xxxx: Now, our s are good. We cash A, come to K, discard a ...
A 6!C in sheep's clothing!
In the original deal, West had: K52 QT Q863 JT76 Only 8 declarers made it out of 47 in 6.
Richie Schwartz, R.I.P.
I had once had a chance to play against the Schwartz Team (with Krekorian, Casen, Blanchard) at the first match in my only Spingold experience in the 1990s, and got knocked out right away. It was an unforgettable event... My condolences to his family and friends.
1!D - P - 1!H - 4!S - ?
Thanks a lot for your comments and/or the information you've given.
Test your timing
Recollecting the other articles of Liam Milne; I am still not sure about the catch in this one, and waiting for a conclusive statement from him. Happy new year.
A bidding problem or not?
Thanks for the info about "equal level conversion".
Test your timing
Kit Woolsey: Assuming that West has six s (as implied), I don't think that (s)he can have 2 s and a void. In that case, West would have: JTxxxx xx - AKJxx, and East: Axxx x Kxxxxxxx -. Also, it is not likely that West would have ...
Okan Zabunoglu's bidding problem: 864 AK5 --- KQJ9872
6 is cold because partner's hand, which was the subject of an earlier poll below, is AQx x Q9xxxx Axx. Do you think (s)he should have bid 5 over 4? If passed, what should (s)he do now over 5?
A bidding problem or not?
Thank you all for your valuable and interesting comments. According to the majority view, North underbid; nevertheless, with respect to the minority view, South might have cue-bid with 4 (over 4) or started with a double rather than 3 overcall... I am convinced that our bidding was ...
A bidding problem or not?
I didn't expect that either, and checked the results sheet again to see: 12 times 1430, twice 1660, 22 times 680 and 4 times 620. 4 pairs must have played 5.

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