Bridge Views and News

Out in a blaze of glory (A Report on the Spingold 1/4 Final 2019)

August 11, 2019
What a game! Averaging five imps a board Spector and Lavazza gave us a wonderfully exciting match full of thrills and spills, coining my title from American songwriter Jon Bon Jovi. 

Click each link to download and follow the fortunes of these quarter finalists.
Stanza 1 Stanza 2 Stanza 3 Stanza 4


The Spingold Final deal which sparkled with Dutch magic

August 3, 2019
Bridge is a fascinating game as we all know, but sometimes it surpasses fascinating... click here to download my article and read all about the kind of deal that we all dream of experiencing, but are delighted to watch being executed nonetheless!

Look at Board 15 to replay with declarer...
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Spingold Final 2019 - Stanza 4 Report

August 2, 2019
Down by 35 IMPs, Zimmerman needed a fast start to the final stanza to keep their chances here to download and read more

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Spingold Final 2019 - Stanza 3 Report

August 2, 2019
Team Blass was leading 58-52, with both teams recording fewer than 2 IMPs per board - that fatidic symbol of excellence. But things were about to change, as the first board of Stanza 3 here to download and read more

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Spingold Final 2019 - Stanza 2 Report

July 31, 2019
The first stanza did not lack interest, but the second started with a dull hand. ..But the spectators didn't have to wait long to see blood here to download and read more

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Spingold Final 2019 - Stanza 1 Report

July 30, 2019
The two teams, Zimmerman and Team Blass, reached the final stage by rather different means: Zimmerman, the here to download and read my report.

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Winning form in Genoa Teams

July 17, 2019

The 2019 Genoa Teams tournament saw us finish in the top spot with little by way of technical news to report. However, three hands are noteworthy, two crucial from the final match, where a large victory allowed us to overtake the three teams who’d been ahead of us until then.

But let's proceed in order. Playing the third match against my dear friends Giulia Pozzi and Maurizio Cafiero: at all vul, third in hand, holding ♠ AJ32 ♥AK84 ♦5 ♣ KJ107 I opened 1♣(two or more clubs). A...

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A rare opportunity for a coup

January 31, 2019

Playing a club pairs event, I had the rare opportunity to execute a very nice coup, after an auction which led us to the top spot, the only pair to manage it.
Here are the cards:

                   A 6
  9 6 2
  A K Q 8 5
  Q 6 5


  9 3
  8 4
  J 10 7 6
  K J 9 8 7

  5 4 2
  K J 10 7 5 3
  10 4 3


  K Q J 10 8 7
  A Q
  9 3 2
  A ...

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No Feathers in carry-on please

December 17, 2018
How are festive preparations going in your corner of the world? We are on track here in Pisa, despite a most enjoyable 24 hour flying visit to Budapest, Hungary last week. Thank you to my hosts and what a beautiful city! (image from

En route, I was catching up on emails and noticed a post asking for more information about what to do in Misinformation cases – here is a link to my lecture presentation on this area of bridge law.

Now to the shopping. Actually, it is...

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Expert thinking

October 29, 2018

Have you heard tell that a bridge expert thinks in a different way to a competent player? Do you like to challenge your everyday play? Then this hand is for you. It was dealt to me yesterday during the knockout stages of a competition I am playing in with my regular team from Pisa. The way I thought through this hand generated 10 IMPs for our side.
East-West are silent as you bid straightforwardly to 3 NT. First let us scrutinise what goes through your mind as you cogitate your dummy play. ...

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