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Harald Berre Skjæran
Harald Berre Skjæran
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Member Since
May 16, 2011
Last Seen
10 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started playing bridge at home when i was 9 years old - filling in when there was only three players.


Started playing in a club at age 12, and played my first tournament at 13, with my brother (one year junior to me).


Became a district authorized TD at age 17 and certified as a national TD in 1991. Got an A+ at the EBL TD seminar in Amsterdam 1992. Been chief TD in our national pairs championships final 10 out of the last 12 years.


I don't play very much, later years mostly in our national league, in the 2nd division and in our national club teams championships, and in one or two tournaments on our national bridge festival. My team won the Norwegian Swiss Teams Championship at the festival in 2010 (quite a surprise to all participants), netting an average of 22 VPs (max 25) over the last eigth matches.


I've been working at the Norwegian Bridge Federations office in Oslo since October 1991.




Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Becoming a Norwegian Bridge Champion
Bridge Accomplishments
Nordic School Teams Champion 1987, Norwegian Swiss Teams Champion 2010
Member of Bridge Club(s)
bliBest.bridge (Larvik)
Favorite Tournaments
NOR Club Teams, NOR Team League, NOR Swiss Teams
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Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
Lebanon participated in the EBTC in 1959. I don’t know if that was their frist participation; the EBL website don’t have results from so far back.
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
I don’t know when Lebabon joined the EBL. But they arranged the EBTC in Beirut in 1962.
Kieran Dyke's bidding problem: A7 KQT53 5 AJT85
I'd like to play 4 as a transfer to hearts here, and 4 as the good spade raise. Then I could transfer and rebid 4 over partners expected 4. But the OP say we don't play that. I guess 4 would work at ...
Would you call for the director?
Steve, you're totally missing the point here. David is talking from a linguistic (non-bridge) perspective. It shouldn't be too difficult to understand. You can be sure he understands the difference between limit raise, mixed raise, constructive raise etc. He is just pointing out the lack of true logic ...
Would you call for the director?
Up here, it was normal to call an oldfashioned invitational bid, be it a raise or not, "limit". On system cards 1x-3x, 1x-2NT and 1NT-2NT was often described as "limit", although natural invite would be (far) more descriptive.
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
Actually, I believe Lebanon and Israel became members of the EBL because, at that time, there wasn't any other zone for them to compete in.
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
For practical purposes, only Lebanon vs Israel a problem. That's because they both belong to the EBL, and participates in the European Teams Championships (the Zonal ones, qualifying teams for the WC). The other arab countries belong to another ZO; thus they never face Israel in competition.
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
"Open" in the European Open Championships refer to it being open to transnational pairs/teams and not restricted to players from the EBL member federations.
Insufficient Bid
Actually, the best option is perhaps to allow the insufficient 1 by RHO and bid 1.
An Absurd ACBL Procedure
In Norway, all tournaments taking place with all teams at one venye, play preduplicated boards. In our national club teams championships we play a 6 round national KO, where all matches are arranged privately. Some play at their clubs venue, but many play in their home. In 95+ % of the ...

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