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Hi again!

1. That’s my win this year just like the past 23 years!

2. You seem interested! You are welcome to wherever fall NABC will be hosted coming falls (this year Honolulu!).
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Ralph

Thank you for your kind words! Much appreciated.
Nov. 2, 2018
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1. Tough indeed. I thought two was obvious last week so must be the right answer!

2. Tough one also. I have to pick Mikael for obvious reasons. Then I can’t pick between the two best sisters one brother can have!

Good luck this weekend!
Nov. 2, 2018
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Bonjour Ida!

1. Passport seems like a decent start.

2. Helgemo-Helness! Two amazing bridge players, but foremost two amazing personalities! One can only hope to make this reality one day.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Hanoi

Thank you very much!

1. Complain of course! It doesn’t affect us only, it affects everybody in the field. I want to keep our game as clean as possible just as much as everybody else. Say nothing is not an option.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thanks Steve for your kind words!

1. Happy you leave the best to the end! Just pick a time and place and poof! mission accomplished :)

2. Obviously those who can carry Stevo to victory! If my math is right, there is only one left…
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thanks Steve!

1. Natural style (5c majors, either 3-3 or 4-2 minor openings). Two level openings. Leads and carding. Defense vs 1NT. Additional gadgets (checkback / gazzilli).

2. I really don't know. Anything that's being done in the states has to be done in Sweden too. The problem is not the quality of the practice and bridge itself. The main problem is to keep the new player to play bridge and not give it up for other stuff such as computer games. What to do? I'm really not sure.

3. I think in the future there might be players who play new systems that we haven't invented yet. New gadgets happen all the time. I think building a system will adjust much more to position and vulnerability.
I don't believe in systems to be defined as a novel. I believe in playing something that you play for a reason of your own, not because someone else told you so.
Many great conventions are out there, probably there will be more. Developing a system never stops!

4. Sorry I don't understand what you mean with artificial intelligence here.

See you in Hawaii!
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Michael

Thank you for your kind words!

1. I actually do yes. We been taught bridge the same from the very start which makes us think bridge the same way almost always. There is something that makes me very comfortable playing with Mikael at the table, as in I know very early what to expect and take it from there. I wouldn't call it telepathic or supernatural, but it's sort of brings a comfort in you when we think alike and situations are being handled in a natural way for both of us.

2. Never heard of, what did we miss?
Nov. 2, 2018
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I honestly haven't read that many. When I was still in the process of learning, I learned quite a bit from reading The Rodwell Files. It helped me seeing many different situations and what to think in certain situations that I haven't thought of at all before.

Sorry for not naming more, but I haven't read enough books to know which ones are the better ones out there.
Nov. 2, 2018
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It's very individual. We probably travel to play bridge around 150+ days a year if not more. When I'm at home I do a lot of sports and gym too. Sometimes a bit of bridge at the bridge club in Stockholm, teaching bridge.

All the things any person would do when you're not working - that's something we can do almost every day when we're not playing bridge at any time during the day.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Peter

Thank you!

Natural as in you show your suit(s) right away. Mostly comparing to 1C 16+ or similar.

Great saying!

4-card majors are great when you're bidding uncontested and when you prioritize minors just as much as majors. Both of them doesn't apply very great to bridge today. Bridge is more focused on majors and it's rarely completely uncontested.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hey Bas! Hope to see you soon again buddy.

a) Gazzilli / last train / serious-non,serious / attitude leads - all big favourites! Random gadgets in high level auctions that never happens.

b) Weak NT top of my list for sure.

Salut!
Nov. 2, 2018
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That's an old version :)
Nov. 2, 2018
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There are ups and downs with everything. First of all, I like to play something that I choose to do for a reason - not what everybody is playing. I don't think 50% of those who play transfers know why they are playing it, only that many are doing it and therefore ‘'it must be good’'.

We play transfers in all competitive auctions, including 1C (dbl), and I like to think like this:

If I open 1C, and next hand acts, I want to put that guy on lead. Therefore transfers.
If I open 1C, pass, pd responds and 4th hand acts, I want to put that guy on lead. I have now done it if we play the suit responder bid.

I don't feel we need the extra space bidding 1red transfer, although I do like the response of 1S denying a major. That's the big upside, the rest is nothing special.

I get this questions a lot. No real reason, it's just a decision we choose to stick to.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Too many to tell. I don't know if there's any that's significantly bigger than the other.
Obviously both of us were right. :)
Probably something that we're still not agreed on, no specific time.
We don't have anyone in specific. We ask a number of people we think can give a reasonable answer. Never to prove to the other that I was right, only to rise my own self-confidence - if it can go higher than it already is of course. :)
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Ian

Yes we play gazzilli after all our 1x openings.

It's quite complex and it changes depending on which opening bid and which suit you responded. Going through it all would be too much, but It's built on a certain priority list such as:

1. (semi)Support in the responded suit
2. Majors
3. Other

None of the responses are natural - it's all artificial and built on a scheme.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Probably the biggest thanks to our success and ongoing improvement is PO Sundelin. He has been the couch for the juniorteam for too many years to count - and from the start of our career. We learned how to think bridge and the main elements- and the value of building a partnership.
Obviously, our captains has played a big role in this too. Thank you Per Leandersson and Martin Löfgren.

Thank you!
Nov. 2, 2018
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Entries, seatings and results are taken care of by using papers and penns. It's not good for the enviroment and it's not practical at all. Imagine if you invested in screens instead and worked with a program that shows everything on a big screen for everybody to see instead. We wouldn't need all the lines to buy entries, everybody to get to the front to find out where to sit for the next round, people to place small pieces of paper in impractical pockets where to sit. Everything of this can be taken care of by one staff and one big screen. It would require less manpower and more space for everybody to do their thing.

Imagine to play a swiss tournament and you're sitting out. I would love to see when my teammates are almost ready so I don't have to sit outside for 30 minutes - all this via internet. I come back from lunch and instead of going to a big wooden board to find out where I should sit for next round it's all on the big screen instead.

Today, too much manpower is used for nothing.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Bobby

Thank you very much!

Lets say the number is very low… Usually we consistenly bark at eachother until we have nothing to say. Could last between 1-20 minutes. Did it help us? Not one bit. We both still think we are right about the thing we argued about.

5-10% is my humble estimation. :)
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi father!

Lets start with the worst because that's the easy one.
1.a. If you have no idea what to lead between two suits, add the sum of the spot cards. Closest to 17 is the winner. So far, this has been a big loser.
1.b. Whenever we're having an argument, we're advised to listen to you because you have many many more years of experience. It has also been a big loser in the long run…

Many great bridge tips since you taught us the game with our sisters and helped us improve from the very beginning. One that I can think of, that I still use and has worked very well, is when you have a great minor fit together and both hands are unbalanced - aim for 5m rather than 3NT.

Looking forward to Israel next week!
Nov. 2, 2018
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