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Tim Bourke
Tim Bourke
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 3, 2014
Last Seen
11 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am an Australian bridge player and writer perhaps best known as a collector and composer of bridge deals. (I have composed most of those in David Bird's "Abbot" series since 1996.) I put together one of the world's largest collections of English-language bridge books, magazines and memorabilia - most of which is now at the State Library of Victoria.




My latest book is "The Art of Declarer Play" with Justin Corfield. It is aimed at the expert or would be one.




I am proficient in the obscure computer programming language APL and I have written extensive bridge odds-calculating routines in that language as well as many bridge-related formatting routines.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning a 4-session local event when playing with an 80 year old former champion whose game had gone down hill.
Bridge Accomplishments
Winner of 9 Australian Bridge Titles and uncounted State-level titles
Regular Bridge Partners
David Smith but I hardly ever play these days
ACBL Ranking
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Searching for a book
It's possibly an Eddie Kantar deal. I recall him using a deal where the point was to duck with the king when the queen is played from Q-J-x in dummy and A-x-x in hand. The end of the story (as I recall rather sketchily) is that all of his ...
Bridge Books of Yesteryear
Victor Mollo was a skilled presenter of bridge material but not a first rank player. One only has to work through "Card Play Technique" to see the former. BTW CPT was based on Nico Gardner's lesson books on play and defence at his "London School of Bridge". CPT was ...
Bridge Books of Yesteryear
I agree with the review in the 7/72 issue of "The Bridge World" of this item. It accurately summed up this intermediate-level quiz book on defense by observing "that many of the answers are wrong, incomplete, debatable or matters of (non-standard) partnership understanding".
Bridge Books of Yesteryear
"Lenz on Bridge" might be one to look at. It has some good, though basic, deals that would be suitable for newspaper type columns. Work's two "Par Auction" books would serve the same purpose. (Though I'd check the analyses - I remember there were flaws in some of the ...
Post 18. Mr. Harold Thorne and his “Bridge In 20 Minutes” little book. Monday 3rd September.
Paul Ryan believes the most likely person being this author is Harold Henry Thorne, 1888-1964 but it is still unconfirmed. Paul has not found an obituary as yet.
Post 18. Mr. Harold Thorne and his “Bridge In 20 Minutes” little book. Monday 3rd September.
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Post 18. Mr. Harold Thorne and his “Bridge In 20 Minutes” little book. Monday 3rd September.
The best biographical data person I know (Paul Ryan of LA) has Phillips, Hubert, 1891-1964. Biographical article appears in Wikipedia. x Petronius.
The Next Step
I analysed and wrote about Australian bridge teams finals for about 20 years (1975-1995). In that period I found only one pair that was clearly better as defenders than as declarers on multiple occasions. About 20 years we played against them: 1NT(weak) from partner 2C from me "What's ...
Bridge Books
In general, the items in "Bridge Books in English" are those that were sold for some amount. We did not include Ephemera, such as catalogues, tournament programmes or post WWII booklets for nationwide games. I have 10,073 items in my data base, about 7500 of which are marked as ...
Eric Murray 1928-2018
That is a lovely tribute to someone I only knew through Edgar Kaplan's wonderful match reports in TBW and Roy Hughes's book.
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