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Cathy Chua
Cathy Chua
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Member Since
Aug. 5, 2011
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April 21
Member Type
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about me

I'm an Australian living in Switzerland and consequently my bridge is on hold. I learned bridge in Adelaide while at uni and as I've moved around: for the Interstate championships, I've played on the Open team for SA, Victoria and NSW, winning in the case of Vic and NSW. Also played on the Women's team for those three States, winning on the SA and NSW teams. Best in the Open Juniors was second. I have largely declined to play women's bridge, but have played on the Australian women's team a couple of times and won the Far East in 1990. Alas I've never quite managed to get onto the Open team.

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I played high stakes rubber bridge full-time in Double Bay for years, a wonderful experience. I consider myself lucky to have been at a great rubber club before that form of the game finally died. Other bridge results in Australia include first in the Open Trials and the Grand National Open Teams. More seconds than you could poke a stick at, but in particular our team got to the final of the NOT the year the Italian world champions played in it. They beat us in the final, but during the Swiss we were the only team to beat them, albeit by a tiny margin. In the semis we beat a team that included Balicki-Zmudszinski. 

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Apart from bridge: I read alot, you can find me on goodreads; I knit, you can find me on ravelry. I work in antiquarian books/publishing/writing. I played chess seriously as a teenager, played a couple of Olympiads and was the first female to win a State Open Junior championship in Australia. Love cooking. Adore eating. Theatre, films, music that sounds like music.

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I have blogs of all sorts, my bridge blog was very popular and active for a long time, but I drifted away from it. These days, it has morphed a bit towards chess, but there is lots of bridge on it: https://swatchless.wordpress.com/

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Australia
Website
https://swatchless.wordpress.com/

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing the Italians in the NOT final.
Bridge Accomplishments
Many Australian Open and Women's titles.
Favorite Tournaments
NOT
ACBL Ranking
None
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Should bridge go green?
Pleased to hear informed opinion that online will make cheating harder, not easier.
Should bridge go green?
As against that, I might posit that chess players have nobody to blame but themselves and so their objectivity may be a stronger feature of their ability to evaluate. Bridge players, though objectivity is obviously important to their makeup, are able to blame opponents, luck and partners for their failings ...
Should bridge go green?
I do expect both chess and bridge players to have the analytical tools and capacity to weigh evidence and come to conclusions which will permit useful discussion of topics in general. Even more importantly, to play either game well requires strict objectivity. For these reasons, I am generally more likely ...
Should bridge go green?
Hasn't this been a civilised interesting discussion? I think so!
Should bridge go green?
Where-else would we talk about whether bridge should become an online activity other than here on an online bridge activity site, Paul! I think that as Adam pointed out, there are other reasons why one might champion that idea, and this post with its responses has discussed some of them ...
Should bridge go green?
Obviously there would be security, John.
Should bridge go green?
You are right, Adam, there are lots of reasons to consider online bridge, some of which have been discussed in this thread, though perhaps they should be moved to a place of their own. I hope you are also right about the impact of global warming. Switzerland has projected that ...
BZ match against Turkey EBTC 2014. Crowd-source volunteers wanted to watch videos and record gestures.
Is there something I'm not getting here? I see that hands are observable with the screen open and therefore the direction of a card placed on the table, but unless that hole's been made a large amount bigger than it used to be (when I last played with ...
Understanding the Logic and Merit of Strong Pass!
In Adelaide around 1984 Sue Lusk (from memory) organised strong invitational event(s) which were run to permit any system to be played so that those in Adelaide interested in Regres and FPR had somewhere to play. But mostly in Australia in that period lots of us let anybody play ...
Understanding the Logic and Merit of Strong Pass!
Having gained my education at the strongest rubber school in the world, the system was splendidly natural bidding, you really got an idea how to use judgement in place of science. Simply structured yes, poorly executed no. Many's the time we'd have duplicate experts ride into town thinking ...
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