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Paul Gipson
Paul Gipson
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Author of the Beer Card blog, living in the Scottish Borders. Our house is located in a very beautiful rural area overlooking the river Whiteadder. We have a retired rescue greyhound, Gillie, who keeps us busy when we are not playing bridge (me), Scrabble or knitting (Hels).

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing the Nickell team in the Spingold in Zia's first and last years in the team.
Bridge Accomplishments
Improving from the #106 seed in the Spingold to the #56 seed in the Vanderbilt over the past few years.
Regular Bridge Partners
Alex Gipson, Helen Gipson
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Berwick Bridge Club
Favorite Tournaments
EBU Spring Foursomes, any ACBL National that I can get to
Favorite Conventions
Transfer responses to one club, transfers in competition (not for the faint-hearted)
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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Is minus 2800 a fair ruling?
Although it is very strange that the directing staff have not consulted you, they do seem to believe you as 2-xx seems to me to be a very likely contract if North is correctly informed of your agreement. North will often pass, in the absence of a sensible call ...
Another Multi Question
We play: 2 (2M) ? Double is penalty 2NT is a transfer to clubs 3 is a transfer to diamonds 3 is invitation in the other major 3M 'big hand', creates forcing pass 4m unchanged (transfer to your major, bid your major)
Seating rights
Richard, Sorry. In my mind this was assumed but I should have been more specific. I shouldn't write before a couple of coffees :)
Seating rights
I posed this question mainly because two strong teams chose quarter 2 against me. Richard Fleet said this was the perceived wisdom but, despite playing in the event for over two decades, I don't recall any team doing that before. My perceived wisdom was to choose the third quarter ...
Seating rights
As John Adams implied above, the ACBL removes the coin toss from the equation in its top KO events. For example, in the Vanderbilt and Spingold, the higher ranked team decides to exercise its seeding rights in the first and fourth quarters or the second and third. Presumably the ACBL ...
Bridgemates: Rules and Etiquette
When lead verification is turned on, it is a lot easier to be accurate when you enter the details at the end of the auction and after the opening lead. Otherwise people may suggest you enter the lead as a random high card they held rather than the actual small ...
Playing Double Dummy in the Vanderbilt
A few years ago we were playing Bauke Muller and Simon de Wijs in a two-day Swiss Teams at an NABC. Their auction started 1-1 (GF relay) and Bauke tanked. I know he is a thoughtful player but this seemed a strange point to have a long think ...
How low have you run an opponent out of pass cards?
Many years ago I was kibitzing Versace-Lauria playing against Berteau-Nystrom in the Spingold. They were playing with screens and the Swedes were having another long relay sequence. Lauria left the table and told his screenmate to just put Pass cards on the tray while he was away. At the end ...
Finishing on the Sunday at NABC in Vegas
Most events are done by 6pm and they are removing the furniture around you as they pack away. The Roth Open Swiss Teams finishes after 9pm. I can't remember whether it is 4x7-boards or 4x8-boards starting at 5pm with screens. Spingold typically finishes a little later. No doubt more ...
Source of hands for practice with slam bidding

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