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John O'Connor
John O'Connor
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Member Since
Oct. 11, 2015
Last Seen
Sept. 21
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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Country
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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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 ...
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Felix, checking is easy and as I described, we checked. But it does you no good if the results that you just saw on your BridgeMate bear zero resemblance to the results that are then posted by the scorers because of a foul up in the BridgeMate/scoring computer system.
Swiss teams - with hand records, bridgemates and less waiting time - it IS possible!
Careful checking of the scores on the BridgeMate against your own record is great but it is not always enough. Consider a Swiss event in which the table number and player IDs are entered into the device once only. The BridgeMate then knows which table it is on and the ...
No Penalty After A Revoke ?
Today, I watched partner play a an unforgiving no trump contract. My RHO had bid spades and we did not have enough spade stops. After pard's last stop had been knocked out, RHO led a spade and everyone else discarded. Sinking feeling. There are three more spades to go ...
Meal Times at Bridge Tournaments
In an ideal world, the event would be well staffed with caddies and well stocked with cream meringues and that would be enough to get me through. :) Outside of my fantasies though, I would have a large cappuccino with two extra shots and a steak and cheese pie just before ...
No Penalty After A Revoke ?
In a club game last year, something like this happened to me. After a transfer sequence, I was declarer in a game contract with long trumps on the table. I drew two rounds of trumps and RHO showed out. I crossed back to table and drew another round of trumps ...
No Penalty After A Revoke ?
I can see a clear argument that says that the non-offending side should not be able to gain an advantage that they would not have had without a revoke but there surely is an argument to be made that the offender should not be able to get away free in ...
Thinking early in the play in various jurisdictions - and potential UI
AIUI, 1st hand is at liberty to leave their card face up at the end of the trick while they consider their defence.
Bridge Mates?
I like those BridgeTabs but I'd make some comments. I have seen them in use in two clubs and in both cases the chosen hardware was a Lenovo tablet. The button to turn these tablets on is by the side but round at the back of the tablet. I ...
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