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John O'Connor
John O'Connor
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Member Since
Oct. 11, 2015
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May 25
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.

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I have been playing in Auckland for the last five and a half years. Until earlier this year, I was just a now and then club player with a range of partners and the occasional success. In the last few months, 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.

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In the last ten weeks, I have played in 12 tournaments, won master-points in all of them and brought home prize money in 8. I think that is a reasonable strike rate and I feel that my bridge is on a clear upwards trajectory.

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September 16th 2016

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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
ACBL Ranking
None
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Ridiculous results, doubled or redoubled
Another doubled small slam from the weekend. Holding Qxxxx x x KQJxxx partner and I hoisted us up to 6C and we got a (deserved) double from LHO - a member of the NZ youth development squad. I figured that I had chances but did not redouble. The slam would have ...
Ridiculous results, doubled or redoubled
Just last night, partner opened 5D and I held AQT6 AT72 KQT K2. RHO doubled and I bid 6D which was doubled on my left and I redoubled when it came back to me. We thought that plus 1380 should have been a good result but team mates brought back ...
Coughing Doctors
Germany has a constitution and every person and organisation in the country is required to act in accordance with the constitution. The possibility of rehabilitation and redemption is established in the German constitution and the court seems to have found that the 10 year ban for two elderly men went ...
Should I be lookiing to report this behavior? (Part 1)
Thanks Paul 72B3 comes into play here with a second revoke. Is there a penalty for that?
Balicki-Zmudzinski May Play Freely in EBL!
John Portwood's description is not really correct. The removal of double jeopardy (through the 2003 criminal justice act) only applied to the most serious crimes and a second prosecution could only proceed if the public prosecutors could convince the court of appeal that they had substantive new evidence. That ...
Score keeping should be disallowed in the semi finals/finals of all major national matchpoint type events
I have now used this in three tournaments. Seven sessions of pairs, almost two hundred deals and around seventy different opposing pairs. I do my best to shield my scorecard while writing and it is always turned over when not being updated. During play two people have asked what the ...
Score keeping should be disallowed in the semi finals/finals of all major national matchpoint type events
I write it as a 4 bit binary value. The seems to be enough as it will go up to +7 which cannot happen and -8 which should not happen.
(UN) Sportsmanlike Dumping in the ACBL and the NFL
The big difference is that bridge does not depend of tens of thousands of spectators buying tickets or tens of millions paying for TV coverage. Non sporting results have damaged other competitions in the past by reducing subsequent tick sales or viewer numbers. In France, the top football division (at ...
Score keeping should be disallowed in the semi finals/finals of all major national matchpoint type events
Last night, I played in the first session of the last duplicate tournament of the year down here in NZ. Individual score-sheets were provided - they carried a message from the event sponsor on the reverse. I was not aware of anyone leaving their sheet exposed though I was not actually ...
Membership and Telephone Directory
Both of the clubs of which I am a member maintain lists of phone numbers and email addresses. One club publishes these in the yearbook. The other has a password protected list on the web. Both work well with no abuses of which I am aware.
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