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Barry Rigal
Barry Rigal
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 17, 2010
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

President of International Bridge Press Association

Chief Vugraph Commentator of WBF and EBL

Writer, player, journalist and jack of all trades.

Sundry national titles in UK and US and Europe.

Always on the lookout for a good story, a good deal, or a good joke.

Please contact me at if you want to publicize something related to bridge, especially for a good cause.

If you want to use par deals (again prefereably for educational/charitable purposes) you know where to go...

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
A Backwash Squeeze -- which I saw coming at trick two
Bridge Accomplishments
The only Bridge pro ever to have been shut out from declaring a hand for a session by a client? (Gertrude Ploske)
Regular Bridge Partners
Glenn Milgrim
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Honors Cavendish Young Chelsea (1975-1994)
Favorite Tournaments
Yeh Bros and Gold Coast
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
Barry Rigal Glenn Milgrim
15-17 NT; Short club plus transfer responses. 2/1 GF bar 'rebid'
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Barry Rigal Glenn Milgrim 2014
15-17 NT; Short club plus transfer responses. 2/1 GF bar 'rebid'
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Unusual runout
For some reason on BBO I find an extra ace in my hand at the start of the auction that vanishes by round far my guardian angel has been working overtime and saved me from what I deserved. But this is at least three times it has happened ...
Unusual runout
The auction as shown has the bids wrongly aligned I think; it shows your side in 1NTx.
Do you open either of these hands?
It may be obvious but it might nonetheless be worth pointing out that Acol plays strong twos not Weak Twos.
Do you open either of these hands?
I agree David's point that my excuse in the post mortem was 'I knew you were going to fix me later so I fixed you first.'
What do these bids mean?
I do not agree. They are entitled to ask and receive an answer. But any convention card that gave space for an extra li ne or two on the shading of responsive doubles (a separate line for the double of 4m, 4, 4, five-level calls....would lose the ...
declarer play hand (30.5. NR.1), probability needed
You may not have heard it but when I was editing some of the early books I did make that point. His valid argument was saving space; you don't have that excuse.
declarer play (30.5. NR. 2). What is correct?
Put up the ace and limit the damage; pitch a club and play a spade to the queen, hoping they cant get a D ruff.
declarer play hand (30.5. NR.1), probability needed
I wish I could answer this but you are going to be my first subject of "If a writer cant be bothered to make South declarer rather than North then I refuse to contribute." Seriously dude -- how hard is it to help your readers if you are asking for help?
Roland Wald R.I.P.
I thought I saw 74 somewhere?
Ogust followup
Playing 2NT as GF except facing a doubly minimum hand is fine by me. But having the agreement that 2NT then 3 is NF -- allowing opener to get out with a minimum in HCP is OK as well.

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