Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Size Matters

When my family first moved to The Republic of Singapore in the 60’s. The island measured 581 square KM with 1.2 million inhabitants.

Very early on, the first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew realized that in order to compete in the world stage and prosper, Singapore needed to increase it’s land mass and population.

To-day this beautiful island state had grown to over 5 million people and with the land reclamation program, the island is more then 722 square KM or 268 square miles. With GDP at $266,498 Billion. per capita at $50,714. rank 11th in the world, just one place behind Canada.



“This little piggy stayed home.”




In Bidge, the size of the opponent’s reputation matters. Some of us tremble with fear when we play against famous players at one time or another.

The size of the kibitzers at the table also matters. Often in the middle of a large crowd, normal players would lose their minds and make some impulsive plays. 

On BBO the other evening I noticed there was a table with over 200 Kibitzers.

Sitting East-West were Justin Lall and Joe Grue, Silver Medalist from the recent Bermuda Bowl. North-South were expert players.



Click next to see the play.

The lead was the fourth best six of Diamond.

Seems to me JoBoo and Justin stepped out a little in the auction and South was in the prefect position to punish their indiscretions.

As you can see, there were many winning options. However South got distracted, took a losing line. Ended up with only eight tricks in three no-trumps for -400.





David Memphis MOJO SmithFebruary 3rd, 2012 at 5:42 am

Beautiful photo, especially when I clicked to enlarge it.

Steven GaynorFebruary 3rd, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Check out the Marina Bay Casino in Singapore and their triple towers – spectacular! It would be fun to have a big tournament at that site.

Barry RigalFebruary 4th, 2012 at 3:50 am

Looks fairly easy to duck trick one. Win the spade return (best) and drive out the diamonds, and you have a minimum of nine tricks and more if the defenders dont go passive….

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