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Magnus Olafsson
Magnus Olafsson
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Played bridge for a short time only (1986 to 1992) but did very well. Began to play again a little in mid 2014. One of the top Directors of the UN. Was on the team that received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for looking for weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Retired in 2016 to be able to begin to play serious bridge again...

Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing a Forcing Pass system in a match against Zmudzinski and Balicki in the early 1990s. They also played a Forcing Pass. The most common result was 1100. That was fun!
Bridge Accomplishments
Won the strong annual Icelandic Championship three times in row (1990 to 1992); three different teams, three partners.
Favorite Tournaments
ACBL Nationals
BBO Username
olafssonm
ACBL Ranking
None
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Videos from Atlanta NABC
Thanks Robb. This is very useful to us who register players movements (left hand on table = 0; right hand on chin = 1; etc) to establish a database for correlation analysis. There’s no code we cannot discover - given this quality of visual evidence. Thanks again.
"Icebreaker" convention?
Hi Stefan, I’m glad you’re interested. It was fun to play and gave good results. 3NT was always six in a M and five in a m. Less than opening, of course, but vulnerability mattered a lot. I’m not saying that we had the best system, but ...
"Icebreaker" convention?
I played the Icebreaker during a six month partnership 1991-92 in Iceland with Bjorn Eysteinsson (the NPC of the Bermuda Bowl winners of 1991). He had played it in previous partnerships for a few years. I always thought Bjorn was the creator of the Icebreaker but I’ll check on ...
Help with Bridge Probability
Leonard is, of course, right: the curve rises very slowly. Let’s say the opponents take the first three tricks - everyone following. The probability of a 3-3 break is now barely 40%. But let’s say you now take the next seven tricks (throwing one of the important suit), The ...
Help with Bridge Probability
The Richard Pavlicek approach is, of course, the correct one. But, as a general point of interest, in January last year, I wrote an article here on BW on this issue (Mary and John and Bayes). In short, the conclusion is that the famous 35.5% probability of a 3-3 ...
What Might Better Look Like? - Leadership, Governance, Business Model
Bridge everywhere is a fading “business” where all numbers are going down except costs and average ages of our “customers”. This path of decline will be long and painful. In such cases, managers need to think outside the box and have a hard second look at the way in which ...
Software for tournament organizer to prove honesty
TrueDeal sounds strong, authorative and descriptive. However, True Deal seems to exist here and there around the world. And, BTW, many thanks to Hans for this important work.
Bridge is a sport. What else? by José Damiani
Dear Mr Damiani, Thank you for your contribution to this issue of such a fundamental importance for our game: cheating. Allow me to say that I respect the work you have done for bridge and I admire your many innovations, especially that you are the creator, and you actually implemented ...
Thinking - About what?
E/W open 1C w all bal hands (11-13; 17-19, even w 2 clubs and 5 in M; an excellent system). My partner and I got the normal 500 in 2Sx (although I would never bid 2S on the S hand, being vul). N was simply silly rather than devious ...
The CAS Judgment re FN: What’s Next?
Mike, credit to you for pointing this out. After Boye raised the first big cheating case right after the 2015 summer national in Chicago, such a “disclaimer” was much discussed. It was one of 10 steps I proposed in an article here on BW in August or early September 2015 ...
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