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Thanks for very nice words Steve. Much appriciated!

1. I am certainly sure our mum could being anyone to victory just by her charm. Not the opponent I would feel comfy to play against for sure!

2. Everytime Odin sees me I see a big smile on his face. I hope I am his favourite but I don't know for sure :).
Nov. 3
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Hi Steve and thanks!

1. Probably NT-system, signals, leads and our way to support eachother in minor and major openings.
2. As my brother said we also need more help in this subject. We had the luck to grow up in a bridge family so it was easier for us.
3. The future might be interesting. They probably thought the same 40 years ago so it's a tuff question! My guess is a natural based system will be the future leading system with some gadgets obviously :)
Nov. 3
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Thanks alot for the congratz Lynn!

I just know teaching the hard way is probably the way to success but from the beginning it's all about taking tricks. Playing cardgames where taking tricks is involved is a great start before you learn bridge in my opinion.

Bidding I would slowly explain how you are supposed to communicate with your partner by using the bidding box. Firstly I will go through the meaning of the opening bids and maybe show an ideal hand of when and why you open with different bids.

I just know from my own experience that the opportunity of going abroad to play bridge was a huge feeling for me. That's when I started to really spend alot of time to play bridge. Dad was always trying to play team tournaments with us and “eventually” pairs just to teach us what he knows. We didn't always do very great because we were young and unexperienced but it gave results with all his bridgetips. Nowdays I am happy to say it is all the complete oppsoite where me and Ola give back what he needs to be taught about modern bridge :)
Nov. 3
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Thanks Aviv for the nice words! Always a pleasure coming to New York!

A) I have read maximum 20 books in my life so here ut was easy for me. The Cirque du Freak series with Darren Shan was very enjoyable when I read it. Maybe not as fun to read for adults though.

B) Favourite movie for me is either the Taken series with Liam Neeson or Silence of the Lambs. I am in love with crime and action!

C) My dream destination is Galapagos Islands because I love safari trips. I haven't been there yet though. I loved the trip we had to Hurghada, Egypt as my brother stated. Swimming around coral reefs was so amazing!
Nov. 3
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I think on the other hand this help us alot. When you are playing a long tournament you obviously get very exhausted in the end of it. Therefor the condition and physical part of your life plays a huge role last few days in a tournament. I think this has been proven many times because I never feel like a worse bridgeplayer last few days. There is always some spare stamina left in my body and I thank my physique for it!
Nov. 3
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if you would know the stats in mine and Olas challenges I think you would regret that you make this suggestion :)
Nov. 3
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1. “I have good stats against this guy and will remain it that way”
2. One top could be two tops!
3. Amazing cardplayers. Let's see how the preempt work against these guys!
4. Most legendary pair that's still actice. Always an honnour playing against them!
5. Be careful. Age is just a number! One day I might get a good board against him!
6. Don't play too fast! Amazing scentific bidders who always end up in the right spot.
Nov. 3
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Hi Michael and thanks for your congratz! I´m sure I will have my revenge in a future Bermuda Bowl sooner or later :)

1. This is a question I am getting really often. I have always responded no because it´s about knowing how your partner are thinking in many difficult situations. Many people think we are identical but that is also not true. Being identical I think the answer would be yes.

But the more I think about it I think we do have some advantage because we started at the same time, had the same mentors everytime, discussed bridge with eachother everytime and now even staying with eachother. It´s quite clear we might have a tiny advantage but I don´t think we´re close to people like Meckstroth-Rodwell who has been playing with eachother for ages.

2. I don´t but it sounds like you have a fun story to reveal to us? :)
Nov. 2
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Thanks Johan, I have actually tried to find it myself but failed to do so. Too bad it is in Swedish so people wouldn´t really understand my analyze of the board :).
Nov. 2
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Hi again!

Since we both have alot of spare time we both go to the gym when we have time over (about 2-4 times a week). We don´t go to school since we decided to put that on break when we got professional deals in America. I listen to books a little now and then. Rarely reads anything.

What we do on our spare time is up in the description.
Nov. 2
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Thanks!

Not sure if we claim it to be superior but much better than before when every contested bidding was old school style. We just agree that precision isn´t our style and rather play natural system. For the 1 opening my answer is simple: Who cares about the club suit? :)

4c major openings is amazingly bad when opponents enter the bidding. But it could also be very effective because it preempts the bidding very quickly. But in modern bridge 4c openings won´t ever do well against world class players in my opinion.
Nov. 2
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Our version of Gazilli is my favourite. Our contested bidding is also very comfy in my opinion. We could probably do fine without most things in our system as long as we(I) remember it :).

b) Weak NT or 2 ekrens
Nov. 2
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Thanks!
Nov. 2
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The biggest benefits with transfers to 1 is when you can bid uncontested with rebidding 1NT as 18-19. But having 18-19 in 1 asks for problems in my opinion. We then decided to put our 18-19NT in 2 as most Italians. Many people ask why 2 and not 2. We like to keep our 2 as “weak with diamonds or strong” because the strong 2 opening won´t be contested by a bunch of junk when it has a weak version in it. Therefor we decided to ditch the transfers because of Olas reasoning and to play most contracts from the same direction as “the other table(s)”. We do believe in our declaring skills :)
Nov. 2
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The disappointing thing is I know one board but I don´t remember the tournament or the auction. It was like we would never play with eachother again and after loads of questions and polling (as usual) it was in slightly favor to me, but to be honest that was after a second thought from most people because it was a very interesting bidding.

Most disagreement doesn´t take more than a day or a night nowdays. I don´t remember when we last time went to bed, woke up, and still are mad at eachother for one board.
Nov. 2
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PO Sundelin takes the prize here. Without his help I don´t think I would´ve been close to where I am today. Is amazing skills of analyzing boards, especially cardplay, is unbelieveable. A true legend in our Swedish success recently.
Per Leandersson when he was a captain for the juniors was a great assistant to PO. Per always sat behind me during championships and thanks to him I think my behavior at the bridgetable is much better than it actually could have been. This obviously effects both my own and my partners game!
Martin was a very organized and experienced in what a partnership needs to take the next step into your bridge. In conclusion the Swedish junior bridge has given me most of my current skills in bridge.
Nov. 2
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Hi Bobby and thanks for the congratz!

If people just knew how often we were blaming eachother before compared to nowdays people would be impressed how we have improved. My guess is it´s very rarely we get away with it. I know that everytime we do have a big argument and can´t agree who is wrong it always ends up with polling other people just to convince the other that you´re right. But nowdays we´re pretty good to handle these arguments so we just continue the next match like two adults instead of being enemies.
Nov. 2
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Hello dad!

I think every tip has it´s own beauty but most of them is very old schooled which makes them not winning in the modern game. That´s why your usual sentence, as Ola wrote, “You should listen to someone with 40+ years of experience” is considered one of the worst tips if that counts.

Best one in my opinion is with 11 cards in two suits you are not allowed to pass out the whole bidding. It´s amazing how often it´s a disaster whenever partner has support in one of the suits.
Nov. 2
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Hi Phil and thank you very much!

1) I have better handicap but I would say we are equally good. Only exception I would say is I am way more solid than Ola. It was a long time ago I had a round over 83 strokes for example. I have heard/seen Ola with over 90 strokes a few times this year.

2) I have played 36 holes in one day which is not much. This has only happen maybe twice or three times. For some reason I get very exhausted after 18 holes but it surely doesn´t prevent me from playing another 18 holes if I feel like it!

3) I have only played one course in Sweden which is considered one of the best. It is called Tylösand Norra or Halmstad Norra. It is in the same city I was born so I have played it a few times. I would bring them but never felt like I had enough time over to play lots of golf. Will hopefully play a few rounds after Hawaii nationals in a few weeks!

4) I feel like Phil Mickelson at the golf course. There´s no water or out of bounds that can stop me! Same goes with bridge, I don´t have any fears, I like puting my opponents under alot of pressure (except first round, 6th session of the world open pairs…)
Nov. 2
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