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A Hand I liked in a Duplicate - a Lockdown TD article

Posted by Maurizio Di Sacco on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, In : Lockdown Directing on BBO 

Wandering around the tables of the Firstclass Bridge Academy MidEssex duplicate, I came across this rare jewel.

Suppose you reach 7 after North opened 3 first in hand, and receive the lead of the J: how do you think you can come to thirteen tricks?

You have twelve top tricks, and there are obviously no problems if spades split 4-3, or if the ♠Q falls in two rounds - you have plenty of entries to set them up and then enjoy your thirteenth winner. However, life is never that easy, espe...

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Brilliancies at the Italian IMP Open Pairs 2019

Posted by Maurizio Di Sacco on Sunday, December 1, 2019, In : Bridge People 

My regular partner Enrico Castellani and I did not shine at this year’s Italian Open IMP Pairs Championship, finishing in 15th place in a field of 208 competitors, but a couple of hands proved most brilliant. I’ll let the frequencies introduce my story - out of thirteen NS pairs, five rather embarrassingly went down in 3NT, with an excellent Six Club contract available. We reached it on this auction:

My partner bypassed 3NT giving full value to his pointed pictures cards and spade suit wit...

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The Spingold Final deal which sparkled with Dutch magic

Posted by Maurizio Di Sacco on Saturday, August 3, 2019, In : Bridge People 
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 3 Report

Posted by Maurizio Di Sacco on Friday, August 2, 2019, In : Bridge People 
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

Click here for BBO IMP summary for Stanza 3

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Spingold Final 2019 - Stanza 1 Report

Posted by Maurizio Di Sacco on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, In : Bridge People 
The two teams, Zimmerman and Team Blass, reached the final stage by rather different means: Zimmerman, the here to download and read my report.

Click here for the BBO IMP summary for Stanza 1

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Rosenblum 2018 Final - there's always time for great bridge!

Posted by Maurizio Di Sacco on Monday, October 15, 2018,
Professional duties kept me very busy during the 15th World Bridge Series which took place this September in Orlando USA, but it is a joy to watch great matches - and this year's final did not disappoint - we must always find time to witness great bridge played by the world's finest players.

Here is my report (click the grey arrow to read full sized) on the first session of this impressive match - and more to follow - I'll let you know when it's ready.

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Martin Hoffman 1929 -2018

Posted by on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, In : Bridge People 
Came across this in the course of translating Forquet's article this week. I thought I would post it as a wee tribute to Martin, a popular player from England who was buried yesterday. I wish condolences to his family.

Making a bridge name for himself since he took up the game at the age of 35, here's another couple of Martin articles from great bridge personalities - Zia in 2011 and Janet de Botton in 2016
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