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Hi Phil

Thank you very much.

Awesome! I love golf!

1. Mikael is the better one. HCP around 6 and mine is 11.2. My best round is 79 and I'm not proud of it.

2. Never more than 18. Maybe some practice before/after, but 18 holes in a day is enough for me.

3. Unfortunately, I haven't played many of the top courses in Sweden. I don't even think I have a favourite. We don't bring our sticks when we go to the states, I'm happy renting clubs wherever I play instead.

4. Every shot is possible! Not afraid of doing any kind of tricky shots, optimistic thinking!
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Ante

Thank you very much!

The major differences would be the maturity in the bidding. Juniors do whatever they want from time to time and hope it works out, thinking of the consequences is not as fun.

In the open you have to make sure everything you do is solid. You don't get much for free and the players are much more experienced in the open, which makes it more difficult to get away if you're not on the same wavelength.
Nov. 2, 2018
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1) You have to make sure nothing happens to him from the time a tournament is finished until the minute we step into the doorway back home in Stockholm. Started when we were playing together in Bulgaria 2013. It's needed for obvious reasons. :)

2) Best play when he made something called ‘'vinkelskvis’' in Swedish (translated angel-squeeze) last year. I don't remember exactly the position, I will leave this to him. Best bid I don't know, any time he doesn't forget the system is a big plus in my book.

Thanks Daniel!
Nov. 2, 2018
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a) It wouldn't surprise me, but I'm not great at foreseeing the future. One can only hope there will be more about bridge to the public eye than it is today, but as the time goes and how the world introduces new stuff to the world it's gonna be difficult. Personally, I take one bridge era at a time and deal with it from there. :)

b) When I started to play a full big-club relay system I thought the time issue would be a thing, but I was proven the contrary. It's nothing to be worried about at all, and I don't think any system would change this.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Gary and thank you!

a) I wouldn't say an active role, but I'm not afraid of stating my opinion if I see or hear something shady happening.

b) I think this is nothing but the right thing to do. It's a proof that cheating can't be tolerated and has to be taken care of accordingly. I don't think I speak for myself only when I say the convicted ones were mildly punished. I would like to see the convicted cheaters to understand the degree of their actions. Simple suspensions for a few years is not the way.

c) Sorry I do not, and I have never played a bridge tournament using electronic equipment only. Personally, I'm not supporting a future where bridge is being played on tablets.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Strong preference to natural style. Why? Because I think it's more important to find out what the structure of your hand is and what suits you have. Strength can be sorted out later on, the main goal is to find a trumpsuit together and take it from there.

Therefore, I consider artificial opening bids that says nothing but strength is one step behind natural style.

What's not been said yet is how the game has changed in the bidding when it comes to preempts and light bidding. This makes it much important to reveal your suit(s) before all the space is gone.

I consider systems like strong/big club aren't bad, but slightly outdated.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Thank you Eric!

Unfortunately, I must admit Mikael has always had the edge over me in tabletennis. Although, things change so no idea who would win today! I'm ready to have this tournament and we will have our answer!

Also something yet to find out! Lets sort out the numbers til the day we do it! Challenge accepted.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Tough question. I like different things with all the countries I play bridge in. In Sweden because everything concerning results and rosters are easily accessible and is live at all times (compared to the US where nothing is live except the live matches on vugraph).

My favourite country to actually play bridge in is in the US. Great accommodations, great people, great food and foremost great bridge. Nothing is as pleasing as play competitively against the best in the world for many days. I hope one day ACBL learn from other countries when it comes to managing a bridge tournament in a more practical way.
Nov. 2, 2018
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I will let the audience answer this question! :)
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Rohit
Thank you very much!
Nov. 2, 2018
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Hi Rafael
I usually say you improve your bridge the best by playing with better players and against better players. Reading books works too, but I think the best advice would be what I mentioned above.
Nov. 2, 2018
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Great article, enjoyed the reading! Thanks for featuring our names in the end also! Hope to see you back again in Stockholm someday.
Jan. 12, 2018
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3D trf to H, then 4C
Nov. 6, 2017
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No. Short club, 1D unbal, 5M
Nov. 6, 2017
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All Mikael
Oct. 3, 2017
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Congratulations! Amazing win by an amazing team, I'm very impressed by the whole team's performance.

And of course, very well played by the French team throughout the whole tournament. It becomes a bit touching to see a team lose such an event by only two imps on home ground.
Aug. 26, 2017
Ola Rimstedt edited this comment Aug. 26, 2017
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So happy for my swedish friends Erika and Emanuel! Bloody well done!!!
July 24, 2017
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Jeff,

Great seeing you in the well here on BridgeWinners. Much enjoyable reading all the Meckwell stories and your view on the future of bridge.

Got some questions for you:

At an NABC, what do you think they can do better at their tournaments? Do you think it will keep growing (the total amount of players and tables) or decrease in the future?

And while we're on it, top 3 favourite NABCs?

See you in Toronto!

Ola
March 30, 2017
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Beginners luck
March 18, 2017
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Someone who turned 25 or will turn 25 in 2016 (or younger of course).
Dec. 22, 2015
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