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corrected, thanks
May 16
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You might like to look at this amazing video clip from the event, here. It is only 1 min and 40 seconds long

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVAB5W8NVGQ6D32C8WSUS6TG3GCT-UK-FILM-STAR-OMAR-SHARIF-BIDS-FOR-HIGH-STAKES-IN-THE-WORLDS-MOST/query/omar+sharif
April 27
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I know how hard it can be to research things from that era. Thank you for going to the trouble of writing this article for us to read.
Jan. 3
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1934

Whilst on the same subject, I have photos of these people:
Johan Warburg, A Harloff, Andreas Moller, Dr Sven Nandrup, CCU Ramsing, R Rosenlov.


We have matched up Ramsing with his photo, so just need to put names to faces for the other men.

1948
Finally, we would like to find out more about “Halvor”, who might be partner or teammate of Elgaard. They were not in the 1948 team, but Elgaard was a frequent winner in top events.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Just looked at records from earlier sessions. Very impressive. Well done to everyone.
Nov. 17, 2018
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Dale, I sent OED “Barbu” for inclusion, years ago. Pretty easy to verify … still not there.

When I started playing in the 80s I recall the phrase being used at The Acol Bridge club. Cards were boxed all the time because dummy kept on asking to see declarer's hand either before opening lead, or after the end/claim, and inevitably there would be some loud noises, exclamations, and the odd boxed card (no hand records those days).

I have never seen exactly two boxed cards in the same hand. Either just one, or lots. It would be mildly interesting to find out if it is more associated with dummy, declarer, or specific defender.., Might be a UI situation of the boxed card, detected before anyone sees it, reveals that that specific hand is likely to be, for example, dummy.

I once saw a hand that was not boxed, but so scrunched that it could not fit into the plastic board. The board had to be redealt. A very “active” nervy young player, who is a frequent BW poster these days.
Nov. 10, 2018
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see my article here
https://mrbridge.co.uk/library/single-magazine.html?issue=174#174/page/6

in the press release it said that they went to some duplicates and a sectional to understand a bit more and prepare them.
Nov. 9, 2018
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I know a bridge player who played daleks in the early series of Dt Who. I don't think he wants people to know about it.
Nov. 8, 2018
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2 members of Blur play bridge.
Nov. 8, 2018
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some people who are not on BW or have chosen to reply to me privately have voted like this:

2D = 12 votes
3H = 5 votes
3d = 2 votes
2s = 1 vote
4c = 1 vote

I imagine that broadly speaking they match the profile of the current respondents.
Nov. 4, 2018
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I think a few people have missed Robert Sheehan's point:

…that the bookmaker just did not want to be involved. All this stuff about the bookmaker needing to have a balanced book is irrelevant. It’s the Bermuda Bowl, not the World Cup Final, so there would be miniscule action by punters even if there was a genuine betting market.
Sept. 21, 2018
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Ed, I've played at a few nationals, and a couple of regionals. I find that if i ask (rather than “take”), people are happy to hand them over. Maybe it is the British accent.
Sept. 11, 2018
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David - if you are only bidding slams which make on any break of side suits and trumps, then maybe you are not bidding enough of them? :)
Sept. 11, 2018
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or - if you have the oppo card, and it is complete - no need to ask?
Sept. 11, 2018
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I provide my convention card to my RHO. I try to have the oppo's convention card within reading distance. Seems to work for me. I admit this is hard when you are late moving, and under time pressure to start a board. Otherwise, what Kit says above.
Sept. 10, 2018
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The good, the bad, and the ugly:

OKBridge had a huge stand, and it was the first time that many saw how one could play bridge on the internet.

The final of the Open Pairs was messed up … in two sessions the wrong movement cards/table numbers/boards were set up. The upshot was that several pairs could not play some boards, and were given an adjusted score. Only the adjustment was later changed (to a lesser number, and contrary to the conditions of contest). This affected the winners and second place. Both pairs were/are outstanding player, and deservedly winners …

For the first time in my life the TD who gave us a ruling reacted badly (one could say in a Harvey Keitel sort of way) when we said we wanted to appeal. He explained that he was going out for a nice dinner, and he did not want his plans messed up. He added if we appealed he would make sure he tried his hardest that things turn out badly for us, and furthermore, any other time we asked for a ruling, things would go badly. We reported the TD to the organisers and chief TD. They immediately changed the score in our favour. They did not want the appeal to appear in the Daily Bulletin.
Sept. 5, 2018
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photos from that event here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/contractbridgephotos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1676042452502859

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Sept. 4, 2018
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I looked in the book. It says “in 6NT Jeremy Flint soon demonstrates almost the best technical way of playing the hand…”
The line he played was AQ, club to A, club back thru East.

Nicola says in the book “I consulted my friend Derek Rimington on this hand, and he made the following observation. Say the layout of the hand had been different:
West
9 7 4 2
10 9 8 3
10
K 10 9 8

The lead would be the same and when declarer plays the 3, West still plays the eight. Dummy's ace wins but when the 4 is led, East shows out and the contract is unmakeable. West wins declarer's queen with the king and plays any card at random. It matters not, one of the defenders must make one more trick in a minor suit.
If, however, the correct method of playing on diamonds first is adopted the contract succeeds on the actual hand and also on the one set our above. Let us play through the latter. The A is cashed and when both opponents follow it is safe to cross to dummy with the A in case East has the singleton. Then a diamond is led to the queen, and west shows out. It is time to switch back to clubs.”
Aug. 30, 2018
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A book accompanies the series. If you want me to look anything up, please ask. Bob Rowlands did say that the auctions did not, at times, mean that they were in the intended contract, with intended negative and positive inferences.
Aug. 30, 2018
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