IT and communication - Miscellaneous:


All Technology Prima Donnas have eccentric hobbies, like ostrich wrestling, or dung sculpture, or playing bridge.
Scott Adams: The Joy of Work, Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-workers (HarperBusiness, 1998), p. 87.

I play bridge because it’s fun. Unfortunately the bridge club where I had mostly played (Otapieti) stopped working years ago, and as a consequence, my bridge playing was largely computerized. I played at OKbridge two years, later (since 2002) Bridge Base Online, which is free and active, and I play there as “yucca”. Online I mostly play SAYC or 2/1; I have composed a tabular summary of SAYC. I have also played against computer opponents using different programs.

In October 2017, I read about the bridge club Tapiolan Trikki, which plays every Monday near my home, and joined it.

I have written a documentation of the "Finnish standard" bidding system, both in Finnish and in English. The system was officially known as paneelistandardi (panel standard) since it was the system used in the bidding panel of the Finnish Bridge magazine. Later, a somewhat different, more complicated system was adopred as the paneelistandardi.

I have also written, in Finnish, a short introduction to bridge (Johdatus bridgeen), a small bridge dictionary (Bridgesanastoa), and an essay on stereotypes of bridge players (Korttien takaa eli muistelmia partnereista ja vastustajista).

I have contributed the Finnish translations to Double Dummy Solver

Have you ever wondered where the name of the game comes from? Well, nobody really knows. See an enlightening article on the origin of "bridge" as the card game name at The Word Detective.