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John O'Connor
John O'Connor
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Member Since
Oct. 11, 2015
Last Seen
8 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am currently on my 5th bridge episode. The earlier episodes were brought to an end by moving to a different city or country. I have played bridge in England, France, Germany, Belgium and now New Zealand.


I have been playing in Auckland for the last six and a half years. Until earlier last year, I was just a now and then club player with a range of partners and the occasional success. More recently, I have found myself in a position to play in a number of tournaments as well as in club events and my success in tournaments means that I find it easier to get partners to play in more tournaments.


My tournament results are improving and I am bringing home a steady supply of bottles of wine and small cash prizes.


October 11th 2016



New Zealand

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Tony Forrester turned up at the Cambridge club with his sponsor for practice and came second. Guess who won?
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Auckland, Akarana
Favorite Tournaments
New Zealand National Congress
ACBL Ranking
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English-German translations
When I moved to Munich, I learned a lot of German bridge terms, My favourites were Marriage and Kleine Marriage used to describe holdings of KQ or QJ in a suit. You can see these and more on this page:
Bridge Magazine RIP?
I never really understood why they did not put the online version onto the Kindle platform.
Which Movement Do You Prefer with 7 Tables?
For me no. A cane is great for people who have trouble walking steadily. As I said, my problem is that the strain of getting up out of a bridge chair is too much for my knees to take. I'd need a hoist.
Which Movement Do You Prefer with 7 Tables?
> Steve Tyer > I often wonder how many really need a stationary table. I would give a lot of slack to anyone asking for a stationary assignment. I can drive to the club car park and get out of my car and walk confidently to the playing area. If needed, I ...
Brexit Question
Most countries have a visa category that you could describe as a "sports visa". That is what would be required in the case considered here.
Should South find a bid with this hand?
Thanks to everyone for the comments. What I found most interesting was that almost everyone that I canvassed in NZ thought that 2S could not be natural whereas here there is a clear and well reasoned consensus for some form of natural bid. Of interest, the one player here who ...
Question from Opponent after Dummy comes down
Here in NZ, we have a rule that says that, if you partner opens 1 you are required to state the length before your RHO makes a call.
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
I have just played in the first two days of the New Zealand Teams Championship at the National Bridge Congress. * More than 100 tables playing 10 14 board matches over 2 days with duplicated boards and hand records available at the end of each match. We had no problems with ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
The three most recent cases: I heard clearly that three spades was down one. I asked partner to leave the table (new opps were not yet there) and called the director I was told that I could not play the hand. I heard a voice trying to do a "Peter ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Overhearing details of a board at the next table happens all the time. Far more than most people realize. There is one player at the club that Alan and I frequent who is blessed with perfect diction and clarity and I can follow everything that he says from the other ...

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