Ted's Bridge World Dante's Infernal

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#1

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With East dealer, these hands were bid sixteen times in the Fast Pairs at the Sacramento Regional.  How many pairs, in your estimation, failed to reach a grand slam?

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#2

Which is greater — the number of possible bridge auctions, or the number of possible bridge hands?   (hint: it's not even close)

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#3

You are still in the Fast Pairs, holding this West hand against the bidding shown:

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Would you double 3NT?  What would you lead?

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#4

In an 18-table Mitchell movement playing 13 rounds, the skip is permissible anywhere from round four to round nine.  Tournament directors habitually call it after round seven, primarily so that skips for 14, 16, or 18 tables all can be called at that same time.  There is, however, another compelling reason always to call skips at the halfway point of the session.  What is it?

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#5

This hand was played nine times at a local day game — eight times in spades, once in notrump.

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The notrumper took all thirteen tricks.  All the others won only twelve tricks.  Why?

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#6

Who was David Burnstine?

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#7

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West's 1 opening bid was artificial and forcing.  The 2 overcall was natural.  What do you make of the final bid?

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#8

Who invented these conventions?

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#9

Who was the first player to win 1,000 masterpoints in a single year?

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#10

Who is the only person to write more than 10,000 newspaper bridge columns?


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