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The Defensive Signal (Part Two)

Posted on 19 July 2017

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VII. Echo and UDCA signals. The hi-lo carding today is called “Echo”. The signal was born […]

The Defensive Signal (Part One)

Posted on 09 July 2017

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This article deals with the subjects to treat with partner when setting up a defensive signal system. It deals only with team-of-four matches, where what matters is beating the contract, less with duplicate match-point tourneys. The article ends with the […]

2015 Italian Open Team Championship: The Bocchi’s Grand Coup

Posted on 03 May 2015

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There is in Italy an important book published in 1941 and never translated in English: it is “Il Gioco di Compressione nel Bridge”, di Adolfo Giannuzzi (translation: squeeze play; but this article is not dealing […]

Lavazza wins Vanderbilt in New Orleans

Posted on 23 March 2015

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Lavazza won the 2015 Vanderbilt Knockout Teams defeating Diamond by 155-110 in the final match. Lavazza team: Giorgio Duboin, Zia Mahmood, Norberto Bocchi, Agustin Madala. Diamond team: John Diamond, Brian Platnick, Eric Greco, Geoff Hampson, Marc Jacobus, Eddie Wold.

Ireland won the 2015’s Camrose Trophy: The hand of Aedan mac Gabrain

Posted on 11 March 2015

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Ireland won the 2015’s Camrose before Wales and England. After the first week-end it was Wales which led, but Ireland was right there, only 0,4 IMPs trailing. England, instead, looked by then too […]

Overcalling Pre-empts: The Chiaradia’s Sword

Posted on 27 December 2014

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A difficult problem in the contested auction is the overcall after a weak two or three bid in major: the bidding room between the opening and the game level is narrow, and the overcaller needs more tools […]

2014 Opatija EC: Caterina Ferlazzo’s Judicious Pass

Posted on 30 June 2014

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After the end of the Seniors Championship, won by England (Italy, 21st out of 24, not even will play the 2015’s Senior D’Orsi Bowl), the Women and Open’s are going to hot finals.

In Women’s Teams, England […]

Schapiro Spring Foursomes: Heart and Feeling

Posted on 13 April 2014

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We previously announced that the Team Lavazza – Alejandro Bianchedi, Norberto Bocchi, Giorgio Duboin, Agustin Madala and, of course, Maria Teresa Lavazza – will participate in the Schapiro Spring Foursomes (Stratford-upon-Avon, May 2nd-6th), the British Isles’ toughest team […]

2014 Vanderbilt: The Troubadour

Posted on 28 March 2014

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In the Middle Age there were troubadours that went around to courts and squares to sing stories of arms and loves. Sometimes the protagonist of the story was the troubadour himself, as Manrico in “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi, or […]

Italian Open Trials: Building up a Team

Posted on 23 December 2013

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In this article I’ll deal with a question that often causes troubles and complaints: the way to build up a national team. Should it be a selection by tourneys (trials), or by Coach’s picking out?

Bali 2013: The Hand which tells History

Posted on 22 September 2013

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Bermuda Bowl, 17th round: Italy-Japan. Dawei Chen and Kazuo Furuta versus Norberto Bocchi and Agustin Madala.


US Trials for Venice Cup 2013: An unusual System

Posted on 11 July 2013

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Bali 2013 Venice Cup. The American Trials. An unusual System: Lynn Baker and Karen McCallum (Team Baker).

2013 NEC Cup: The Hand of Yokohama

Posted on 19 April 2013

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18th NEC Bridge Festival – Yokohama City (April 16-21, 2013). The hand we are going to deal with was played in the third round of Swiss Team.

2013 Vanderbilt: The naked King

Posted on 24 March 2013

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Vanderbilt 2013: The naked King. The Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen had an unhappy childhood, poor and with severe familiar problems. As many children he sought in the fantasy world the happiness denied him by the real […]

2013 Saint Louis Spring NABC: The Vanderbilt Trophy

Posted on 17 March 2013

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The Vanderbilt Trophy was born by a donation of Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884-1970); it was played in New York until 1958, then became the main team event of the spring National American Bridge […]

Fantunes Revealed by Bill Jacobs – Review by Paolo E. Garrisi

Posted on 30 January 2013

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Bill Jacobs is an Australian champion and theorist who, fascinated by the system of Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, analyzed it and now play it with his partner […]

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Watching the champions: Sam Lev and Norberto Bocchi

Posted on 09 September 2012

Watching the champions: Sam Lev and Norberto Bocchi –  The Anticipation and Preparedness Principles. Wandering some days ago in BBO I noted a table with more than hundred kibitzers, and in facts there were Sam Lev in north and Norberto Bocchi in south against two other well known champions (the […]


Marshall Miles’ Picture Bid and Neapolitan Club 4C-4D Convention

Posted on 18 March 2012

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In the last number of Bridge World (March 2012), there is the Marshall Miles’s article “Picture Bids and Delayed Raise”. The Picture Bid (also called Slow Arrival), is a delayed jump to show […]


Paolo Enrico Garrisi: Bridge Origins

Posted on 15 January 2012

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Bob van de Velde, a Dutch historian and journalist of Bridge, in July 2011 wrote an article on a discovery of the Belgian Hans Secelle: the Yeralash, a Russian game similar to Bridge that could be a […]

Bob van de Velde: New hypothesis on the origin of the Bridge

Posted on 27 December 2011

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YERALASH: The discovery of a missing link? – by Bob van de Velde. For more than a century, bridge and card game

Giorgino Duboin’s column

Italian style 02The Neapolitan Club staff is honoured to welcome a new illustrious contributor: Giorgino Duboin. The great Italian champion will write a series of articles mostly dedicated to his international bridge activities. Duboin’s Column »

Norberto Bocchi’s column

MyWay-logoThe great Italian champion Norberto Bocchi contributes articles on a regular basis to Neapolitan Club. Norberto refers in his column ‘My Way’ to political issues which may arise in the bridge world and sometimes he describes interesting hands. Read Bocchi’s column»   Read Bocchi’s interviews»

Rhoda Walsh Notes

Rhoda_WalshWalsh No Trump Notes by Rhoda Walsh: a study on No Trump openings with their developments  in uncontested and contested auctions. Table of Contents »
Annotations by Rhoda Walsh on the 1 Notrump game forcing  response in the "2 over 1 game forcing system" (Walsh System).Table of Contents»

Simply the Best

Best articles by Paolo Enrico Garrisi: open »

Let’s talk to the Champions!

Best interviews run by Laura Camponeschi: open »

Momorizing at Bridge

Are there techniques to develop some specific memory? Could be possible to make a choice of what might be more useful to memorize? Read what the champions say: open »

Silvio Sbarigia


SILVIO SBARIGIA is a pharmacist; he was born in Rome and lives there. He has won the European championship in 1975 with legendary Blue Team, runner up at 1974’s and at Olympic games of 1976.  Sbarigia is member of Neapolitan Club Technical Commettee. His bridge problems aren’t difficult; just we need to think on a plan and to avoid the instinctive playing. Bridge quizzes by Sbarigia »

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