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Paul Gipson
Paul Gipson
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 29, 2010
Last Seen
33 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Author of the Beer Card blog, living in the Scottish Borders. Our house is located in a very beautiful rural area overlooking the river Whiteadder. We have a retired rescue greyhound, Gillie, who keeps us busy when we are not playing bridge (me), Scrabble or knitting (Hels).

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing the Nickell team in the Spingold in Zia's first and last years in the team.
Bridge Accomplishments
Improving from the #106 seed in the Spingold to the #56 seed in the Vanderbilt over the past few years.
Regular Bridge Partners
Alex Gipson, Helen Gipson
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Berwick Bridge Club
Favorite Tournaments
EBU Spring Foursomes, any ACBL National that I can get to
Favorite Conventions
Transfer responses to one club, transfers in competition (not for the faint-hearted)
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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Playing Double Dummy in the Vanderbilt
A few years ago we were playing Bauke Muller and Simon de Wijs in a two-day Swiss Teams at an NABC. Their auction started 1-1 (GF relay) and Bauke tanked. I know he is a thoughtful player but this seemed a strange point to have a long think ...
How low have you run an opponent out of pass cards?
Many years ago I was kibitzing Versace-Lauria playing against Berteau-Nystrom in the Spingold. They were playing with screens and the Swedes were having another long relay sequence. Lauria left the table and told his screenmate to just put Pass cards on the tray while he was away. At the end ...
Finishing on the Sunday at NABC in Vegas
Most events are done by 6pm and they are removing the furniture around you as they pack away. The Roth Open Swiss Teams finishes after 9pm. I can't remember whether it is 4x7-boards or 4x8-boards starting at 5pm with screens. Spingold typically finishes a little later. No doubt more ...
Source of hands for practice with slam bidding
Trick 1 Pause, Platinum Pairs
It is unfortunate that instructions to players, for example declarer pausing at trick one is recommended, is put in a document widely thought to be for Tournament Directors and not generally read by players. Of course it is still better than the ACBL which does not seem to address the ...
If a hesitation can be unethical can a quick bid also?
In the rest of the world, the green card can be on the table between the stop card and your bid.
Common Leb mishap
We are saying the same thing, in our own way.
Paul Gipson's bidding problem: KT64 KQ983 872 8
This problem was faced at both tables. The winners passed, collecting +500. The losers bid four hearts, finding that nine tricks were the limit. Three no trumps would also make nine tricks. Partner held: J Axxx J10xx AKQx Opener held a 7222 distribution. This was not ...
Common Leb mishap
East certainly needs the alert to *know* that partner forgot. Without the alert, East will be thinking in an entirely different context. Imagine if West was asked about 2NT and he said it is natural and invitational. Now East will certainly think that West has clubs and some reason for ...
Common Leb mishap
The director seems to have missed that East has a very good hand in support of clubs and the normal options, absent UI, are likely to be 3 and 4. Bidding 3NT is a failure to 'carefully avoid taking any advantage from that unauthorized information' and should be ...

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