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Congratz fellas. Surely one tough squad to beat
July 29, 2019
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I have been to this stream several times now and I can highly recommend it. Give it a try people, you will not regret it!
July 22, 2019
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I watched this many times now and I can very much recommend it!
June 26, 2019
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Thank you everybody who joined Mikael and me here in The Well! Hope to see all of you soon in Hawaii!

Cheers!
Nov. 3, 2018
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Hi Gerben

It was exciting, but nothing extra that made me continue the bridge path. Don’t get me wrong here, I love playing bridge on top level with my brother! Great when you can travel all around the world and play your best bridge with your brother!

It was sure not easier, the opposite actually. Play with someone in your family requires patience and thinking how to behave on another level.
Nov. 3, 2018
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Hi Roy

Thank you for your kind words! Hope to see you soon. Hawaii?
Nov. 3, 2018
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Thank you very much Lynn for your kind words!

I would teach them the basics in playing the cards. Play some other game that is about taking tricks and maybe with a partner. In Sweden we have something called mini-bridge where everybody announce their highcard points. The pair with the most gets to play. Could be a start!

Foremost, the people! The age difference doesn’t matter, and the bridge community is great! I love meeting new people. Also the fact you’re never fully learned!

What more can I say? It’s a great great game!
Nov. 3, 2018
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Hi Aviv

Thank you very much for your kind words!

A. I must be honest here. I haven’t read a non-bridge book (except cookbooks) since I was 18 years old. No good answer to this one.
B. I watch a lot of movies and TV series. My all time favourite for many years now is Gladiator!
C. My favourite was when I travelled with my family many years ago to Hurghada, Egypt. All around Spain is also a big favourite and I would love coming back to New York more often!
Nov. 3, 2018
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I don’t know if it gives us any specific advantage. I don’t compare myself to others, only myself and I do feel much more confident in life doing a bit of physical activity. :)
Nov. 3, 2018
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Nothing in particular. I don't want to play bridge against someone who I feel has a mental advantage against me, therefore I consider myself equally good against whoever I play.
Nov. 3, 2018
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Great suggestion indeed!
Nov. 3, 2018
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Hi again Rohit

1. Bridge legend, but somehow I do alright when I play Zia.
2. Looking forward to round two against Zia!
3. Respect. Great bridge players and absolutely phenomenal guys.
4. Respect. Meckwell is the pair in the world I'm looking up to the most.
5. Legend!
6. ‘'I better be on my toes, or I won’t get out of here alive.''

Indeed I have :)
Nov. 3, 2018
Ola Rimstedt edited this comment Nov. 3, 2018
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Hi Tanya

Absolutely.! He's usually at the bridge club in here in Stockholm 4-5 times a week if not more. I usually see him whenever I'm at the bridge club.
Nov. 3, 2018
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It still happens. There are bridge players out there who think they can distract us because we are young and less experienced. Maybe it worked before, but not anymore.

Big thanks to my father who taught me to live the hard way through life, I'm not afraid of dealing with those who intimidate others on a regular basis! It's my pleasure to take care of these people who want to win at bridge that way.
Nov. 3, 2018
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Very important! It's one of the main things we discuss with our partner both in the junior team and in the open team in Sweden. It's almost as I would like to say it's just as important as the bridge. You need to build a steady partnership in order to succeed. No one can win at bridge all alone.

This is an individual thing. For me it depends what mood I'm in, but usually the worst thing you do is to try repair previous boards that didn't go your way. It literally asks for more trouble.

I was told a great advice not so long ago that I still use today:

''Teammates will not remember the boards you tried to be creative and succeeded, they will remember the boards you tried to be creative and failed''. Quite depressing that you remember the negative endings only, but that's how the human brain works.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Magnus

Thank you for your kind words! Likewise, you have been a great opponent as well everytime you beat me up at the green tables!

Rarely we play or played any bridge at all when all four of us were gathered together back in the days. As all the bridge players, we discuss bridge instead. Though, I wish we had enough time to solve the murder of Olof Palme, too!

I'm very sad to say that I'm not going this year. I planned to go many times already, but then they decided to put the cavendish in Monaco at the same time. I'm sad to miss one of the big highlights of the year - the great bridge festival in Reykjavik, but this time Monaco is where I will be going.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Eugene

Thank you for having the opportunity to be here in the well!

It's tough, the game of bridge gets even more and more competition to other things that juniors in the world enjoy more such as video games. The things I think would be be the best is if:

1) You target those who have children/grandchildren at a reasonable age ready to try out bridge. These people have a responsibility to let them know it's not a game their folks or grandparents play. There is a competitive scene in the junior category too and the game itself has a never ending learning curve. Make the kid hear what needs to be heard and explain why this is a much better path than spending hours infront of the computer playing meaningless computer games. It's very tough, but you have to start somewhere and be very pushy about it. It worked for me! I personally hated bridge in the beginning, but my sisters kept drag me around for local games! Thank god they never gave up on me.

2) Target the schools. I don't think few times of tryouts work, you have to try to get it as a regular thing. If you can possibly get it to reach their school schedule you're off to a good start, they might even get so hooked up with the game they might play it during their breaks in between classes.

You need someone who has the dedication and the time to take care of these things too. I know nothing about it, but it seems like Debbie Rosenberg is doing a fantastic job in Silicon Valley with younger players. I'm amazed! Watch and learn is all I'm saying.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Teo

Thank you for your kind words!
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Ian

It's commonly used in favourable vulnerabilities, which makes it less attractive to penalize when you might have your own game. It preempts away to entire 1-level which makes it uncomfortable to intervene against. The responder to the weak NT has many options to continue the preempt or, even worse, start penalizing you for big numbers in that exact vulnerability.

You're at a big disadvantage when they start with 1NT weak, that's all. If they start with their 1m opening which can have 15-17 bal, then you're at a slight advantage. Obviously, they open weak NT more often than 1m if available.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thank you Peg! Your words are very much appreciated!
Nov. 2, 2018
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