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Now This Is A Great Player!

Paul Cronin ~ No Comments

Wednesday April 16, 2014 23:09:19

What a pleasure to see the Sidney H. Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award for 2014 go to Bob Hamman!  It's not just that he is the all-time WBF leader in placing points, but rather that, as stated by Steve Weinstein, "He is the best that bridge has to offer. He wins and loses (bold italics mine) with dignity and finesse.... . Bob tends to his business […]


Paul Cronin ~ 5 Comments

Wednesday April 16, 2014 17:57:22

When seasoned bridge players have so many different takes on Zia's behaviour at the table, it must be even harder for those less experienced to know what to make of it. There is a danger then that the latter may conclude that berating one's partner, even in jest, is the mark of a great player. And by modelling themselves on that, take us back to […]


Paul Cronin ~ 7 Comments

Tuesday April 15, 2014 16:13:20

The following auction took place in a game last night W West N North E East S South — — Pass 1♣ 1♥ 4NT Pass 5♦ Pass 5NT Pass 6NT All Pass       There was quite a pause by North before bidding 4NT. Then, before bidding 5NT, North said "Partner, I really bug...ed […]

Recap Of 4/14/2014 28 Board Imp Individual

Bob Munson ~ 2 Comments

Tuesday April 15, 2014 02:39:20

While declarer play and defense are certainly important, I think bidding ends up establishing most of the swings in our IMP games (and in most of the IMP games in which I am involved).  That was certainly the case today, mostly in terms of opening bids (or not opening the […]

The Diversity Of The Universal Bridge Mind

Judy Kay-Wolff ~ 11 Comments

Thursday April 10, 2014 04:23:46

It has become frighteningly obvious after reading a few current features on BW that our game is facing many issues which have triggered vehement opinions of varying nature .. by both sincere knowledgeable players as well as a few panderers (plus other followers who appear to have questionable knowledge or understanding about the intricacies of […]

April 14, 2014 - 33 Points

Steve Bloom ~ No Comments

Wednesday April 09, 2014 18:40:03

As you know, I like to focus on questions of card play, which is a good thing, because I could really go crazy about some of Monday’s bidding.  Twice we held a nine count, two aces and a jack, nonvulnerable, opposite a 1NT opening.  What is that worth?  I usually invite with nine, particularly white.  But not all nines are equivalent.  […]

Which Card Do You Play?

Dan Romm ~ 1 Comments

Tuesday April 08, 2014 12:19:25

You are east playing with a new partner in an IMP match and the opponents are not vulnerable. The bidding has gone: South 1NT (11-14): West pass: North 2NT: all pass. Your partner leads the King of clubs (assume he has KQx, his most likely holding). North (dummy) tables ♠ : KJ ♥ : QJ10 ♦ : QJ1083 ♣ : J104 East (you) hold ♠ : […]

Coughs, Sniffs, Clicks And Kicks

Judy Kay-Wolff ~ 18 Comments

Thursday April 03, 2014 21:32:43

Whether bridge crimes are perpetrated via the throat, nose, cigarette lighters or feet, it matters not.  Hats off to those who reported and followed up the recent issue involving the alleged wrongdoings of the German doctors.  For years I suffered through the injustices to which Norman and Edgar's teams were subjected.  Bobby bears […]

Visualizing The Ending

Bob Mackinnon ~ No Comments

Thursday April 03, 2014 14:47:36

After the Vanderbilt comes the Masters. Golf and bridge have much in common. Pro golfers are taught when addressing the ball to imagine it hitting the green and rolling up to the cup. Even a fleeting memory of ball striking water, rock, wood, or spectator invites disaster. The same method applies to playing a bridge hand. One must form a plan and […]

Making 5 Clubs

Jeff Lehman ~ 2 Comments

Thursday April 03, 2014 14:24:43

After a rather enthusiastic auction, you are declaring 5♣ on this layout, at favorable vulnerability.  (Board 28, March 28 morning game at […]

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