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Cathy Chua
Cathy Chua
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Member Since
Aug. 5, 2011
Last Seen
Sept. 5
Member Type
Bridge Player
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/

Country
Australia

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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Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I think that you watch one table and then you get the scores of the other table and ask questions about what happened as may be appropriate/necessary. And, of course, one may ask after other tables too at that point.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I must be being dense here as I still don't understand. May I not at that point observe the other player's hand that side of the screen's hand? Is that illegal? For reporters?
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I think I've badly expressed myself. I watch one person and at some point one is watching one hand and dummy.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
When is that, Richard? I can't picture it. I count dummy as a hand. Of course, to some extent one is dependent on the good graces of the players, but I've never found that a problem.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
Yes, Peter, but from the little I've seen, it isn't really the same as being at the table. You can't hear them talking or look at what they are writing I don't think?
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I disagree that seeing only two hands at the table is a limitation. I think that much of what makes bridge commentating inferior to what it might be is that it is always done double-dummy. If you watch a person and the problems faced, you have a much better understanding ...
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
Speaking for myself, the only thing worse than the pay are the hours. If you want to do it properly, it involves working 16 hour days. But I can quite see that there may be WBF officials who need that money for....what Hannan said.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
Peter, at the moment they are sent AND sit on screens, watching via BBO. However, there is a lot to being a Bulletin editor, quite aside from watching a match, however that is done. If you do what Tom says, you may get good bulletins and you may not. Good ...
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
You get much better copy at the table. You see and hear things in real time, more reliably, and sometimes you get a gem which is what reporting is all about. It is more demanding and it takes longer.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
I had the following pointed out to me by a chess GM/journalist. Same story, different details. http://www.kingpinchess.net/2013/08/its-only-chess-2/ To go straight to the plagiarism it starts: ‘Nobody is interested in asking why the Spectator is happy to employ a serial plagiarist’.
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