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bridge: february 21, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. something i’ve learned in being involved with bridge for 50 years: the longer you play, the more you will find that other players don’t think as you do or operate as you think they should. today’s west led a trump (!) against four spades, and declarer won […]






bridge: february 19, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. bob hamman probably isn’t ready to be called the “grand old man of bridge,” but he has the credentials. hamman represented the united states internationally in 1964 and remains a force at the table as he approaches his 79th year. his list of world and national titles […]






bridge: february 02, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. cy the cynic says the toughest part of dieting is not watching what you eat, it’s watching what other people eat. i suspect cy thinks a tough part of bridge is watching his partners play the dummy. as today’s north, cy tried for slam over south’s jump […]






a ‘bridge of stars’ connects two of our closest galaxies


sadly it’s not walkable v. belokurov, d. erkal and a. mellinger a bridge of stars connects the large and small magellanic clouds, two galaxies that orbit our own milky way. the bridge’s brightness has been enhanced in this image. europe’s gaia spacecraft has spotted a ‘bridge...






the 10 best bridge cameras in 2017


bridge cameras are still selling like hot cakes. find out what makes them so tempting, and which are our best buys.






bridge: february 08, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. cy the cynic showed me today’s deal from a duplicate event that he and his partner had lost by a whisker. “i know you think i’m too hard on my partners,” cy said, “but even i was sympathetic here.” cy was north, and south had played at […]






bridge: february 09, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. cy the cynic showed me today’s deal from a duplicate event that he and his partner had lost by a whisker. “i know you think i’m too hard on my partners,” cy said, “but even i was sympathetic here.” cy was north, and south had played at […]






bridge: february 16, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. “i’m happy i’m still operating above ground,” a club player told me, “but i’m getting older. my focus isn’t what it used to be. i try to pay attention, but my checks bounce.” my friend was today’s east, defending against 3nt. “my partner led the queen of […]






bridge: february 05, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. i found cy the cynic in the club lounge, writing his monthly alimony check: “feeding hay to a dead horse,” he says. having been wed to the same good woman for 40 years, i can no more understand cy’s disdain for marriage than he can grasp my […]






if you like 11foot8 bridge, you'll love 10foot6 bridge


if the mayhem caused by 11foot8 bridge was not enough, imagine shaving another 1foot2 off the clearance, et voila! the 10foot6 bridge in westwood, massachusetts. (more…)






bridge: february 17, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. “i played quarterback in high school, back in another life,” a club player told me, “and i never threw to a receiver covered by two defenders. an interception was too likely. but i went wrong when i defended this deal.” my friend was east. south won the […]






bridge: february 03, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. “you’re the world’s worst procrastinator,” i told cy the cynic. “don’t deny it.” “i’m no procrastinator,” cy growled. “i just haven’t finished doing nothing yet.” cy would put off his own funeral. the only time his delaying tactics are helpful is when he is declarer. cy knows […]






company news: imation launches gl bridge


imation corp., oakdale, has launched its investment advisory subsidiary gl bridge et mana ent llc, concluding the transition of its principal business to an alternative et manager. gl bridge intends to use algorithms and other quantitative strategies within a quantitative equity strategy. the transition was the result of a strategic transaction with the clinton group inc.






bridge: february 12, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. the acbl’s fall championships is usually the smallest of its three annual “nationals,” but the turnout at the 2016 event in orlando was weak. the cost of attending an nabc is becoming prohibitive for many players. entry fees have risen, and housing, food and parking are expensive. […]






bridge: february 14, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. “your honor,” the district attorney stated, “we will prove that east committed a felony, in that he let south make a hopeless game.” “proceed,” said the judge, and the court kibitzed the evidence. “west led the four of hearts against 3nt,” the da related. “declarer played dummy’s […]






bridge: february 18, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. “simple saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking. defend four spades doubled as west. your partner opened, and you have 11 points, yet north-south bid to a 10-trick contract. what will they use for tricks? you should lead the ace […]






bridge: february 06, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. the storied partnership of jeff meckstroth-eric rodwell dominated the acbl’s fall nabc in orlando. after winning the senior teams, “meckwell,” as they are known, were “dropped in” to the field (at the rear of the pack) in the semifinal of the blue ribbon pairs and roared to […]






bridge: february 13, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. cy the cynic says that a “good memory” is what tells a man that his wife’s birthday was yesterday. cy’s memory isn’t the greatest. when i watched today’s deal, cy let declarer make a vulnerable game by forgetting a basic principle of notrump defense. against 3nt, west […]






bridge: february 01, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. unlucky louie, who always seems to lack ready cash, says everything would be fine if the dollar store sold gas. if only louie improved his play, he would have money to spare. in today’s deal, west’s cue bid of two clubs showed length in both major suits. […]






bridge: february 20, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. rumor has it that when a fire broke out at a clock factory, the firefighters had to deal with some second-hand smoke. rules are made to be broken, including the old rule about playing “second hand low” on defense. but most rules have some sort of logical […]






tiny hummingbird egg stalls project to upgrade a bay area bridge


a tiny unborn hummingbird is getting in the way of a big bridge project in the san francisco bay area.  the discovery of a nest and egg in a tree is stalling the start of upgrades on the richmond-san rafael bridge about 30 miles north of san francisco, officials said tuesday.  the species, anna's...






bridge: february 07, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. today’s deal (reported by barry rigal) arose in the blue ribbon pairs at the acbl fall championships. north-south bid to four hearts in 10 seconds, and the play took scarcely longer. west led the queen of spades. south took the ace, led to dummy’s ten and threw […]






bridge: february 11, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. “simple saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking. players learn certain practices in defensive play: for example, the correct card to lead to a trick. but rules will take you only so far. west leads the deuce of clubs against […]






bridge: february 04, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. “simple urday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking. to be an effective defender, you must count declarer’s distribution (and his high-card points and tricks). you’re today’s east, and west leads the deuce of diamonds, the unbid suit, against 3nt. dummy […]






bridge: february, 22, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. when south overcalled 1nt, north’s three diamonds invited game. if north’s hand were strong enough to force, he could start with a cue bid of east’s suit. north might have tried 3nt instead, but south bid game because he liked his diamond honors. when west led the […]






bridge: february 15, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. test your defense today. cover the west and south cards. try to beat four spades as east. north’s bid of four diamonds was an advance cue bid, promising good spade support and top values in diamonds. (since north’s high-card values were minimum, perhaps he should have settled […]






police: 2 tractor trailers overturn on maryland bridge


havre de grace, md. (ap) — maryland state police say two tractor-trailers overturned on the millard tydings memorial bridge, likely because of high winds. media outlets report that it happened late sunday on the bridge that carries interstate 95 over the susquehanna river. officials say one driver was trapped for a time and was taken […]






hummingbird egg gets in way of upgrades to bay area bridge


a tiny unborn hummingbird is getting in the way of the richmond-san rafael bridge project.






bridge: february 10, 2017


tribune content agency (c)2017 tribune content agency, llc. today’s deal from a pairs event at the fall nabc appeared in the tournament’s excellent daily bulletin. west doubled south’s one spade; he could convert a club response by east to diamonds, not promising extra strength since east-west were using “equal level conversion.” against four spades, west […]






truck driver blown off bridge; dies after helicopter rescue


virginia beach, va. (ap) — authorities say a navy helicopter plucked a driver from the roof of a tractor-trailer after it was swept off the chesapeake bay bridge-tunnel by high winds and began floating in the water. the driver later died. bridge and tunnel deputy director thomas anderson says the unidentified driver died after his […]






trial begins for man accused of tossing infant from bridge


a man accused of throwing his 7-month-old son to death from a bridge jumped into the connecticut river himself after police shouted for him to stop, an officer testified friday.






talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap


washington (ap) — even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. that’s a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies — and recording their attempts. at issue is how to bridge the infamous […]






hummingbird nest halts upgrades on bay area bridge


richmond, calif. (ap) — the discovery of a hummingbird’s nest with an egg inside is stalling upgrades on a san francisco bay area bridge. kcbs reports (http://cbsloc.al/2klxrff ) tuesday that the backhoes are waiting and the safety barriers are ready. but work on a key part of the $70 million richmond-san rafael bridge’s upgrade project […]






cyclist clings to bridge after race crash


this is every cyclist's worst nightmare. not just the crash part, because yes that's terrible, but the crash happening on a bridge. watch the guy in blue––he got super lucky. the post cyclist clings to bridge after race crash appeared first on holy kaw!.






judge: bridge case complaint against christie can proceed


a new jersey judge says a criminal complaint against republican gov. chris christie over the george washington bridge lane-closing scandal in 2013 can go forward.






major bridge to stay closed 2 more months for repairs


a heavily traveled bridge linking pennsylvania and new jersey that has a fractured steel truss is expected to remain closed for at least two more months, pennsylvania turnpike officials said friday.






report: more than 55,000 us bridges structurally deficient


a new report says the brooklyn bridge and washington's arlington memorial bridge are among thousands of spans considered structurally deficient.






report: more than 55,000 us bridges structurally deficient


a new report says the brooklyn bridge and washington's arlington memorial bridge are among thousands of spans considered structurally deficient.






night sky: visible planets, moon phases & events, february 2017


find out what's up in your night sky during february 2017 and how to see it in this space.com stargazing guide.






truck plunges off bridge; driver dies after copter rescue


driving through heavy winds, a tractor-trailer plunged off a bridge into the frigid waters of the chesapeake bay on thursday. even though the driver was seen alive and standing on the floating truck's roof, he was found in the water and unresponsive by the time a u.s. navy helicopter reached him.






master chicago bridge builder ralph modjeski subject of new film


ralph modjeski may be the most illustrious chicagoan most chicagoans have never heard of. a polish immigrant, modjeski built nearly 40 bridges in the u.s. and canada. he was chief or consulting engineer on some of the continent's most famous spans, including the san francisco-oakland bay bridge,...






master chicago bridge builder ralph modjeski subject of new film


ralph modjeski may be the most illustrious chicagoan most chicagoans have never heard of.a polish immigrant, modjeski built nearly 40 bridges in the u.s. and canada. he was chief or consulting engineer on some of the continent's most famous spans, including the san francisco-oakland bay bridge,...






pennsylvania lawmaker drops plan to name bridge for biden


a pennsylvania lawmaker has dropped his efforts to name a bridge after former vice president joe biden.






nhl honors 100 greatest players ahead of all-star game


no matter when they played, no matter which team they played for, many players selected as members of the top 100 of the nhl’s first 100 years had a similar reaction to winning that honor. “i never really expected it,” hall of fame goaltender billy smith, who won the stanley cup four times with...