Pictures from the European Championships in Baden-Baden 1963. The first is a clip from
Bridge Magazine. Note that smoking was not prohibited in those days (Gray's obligatory
pipe!). Even watchers were allowed to smoke. Like the Sharples twin brothers who, totally
absorbed by the game were smoking ceaselessly, the ashes dropping on the floor. It should
be added that the players were not bothered by smoke, since the casino localities were well
air conditioned. Which also was necessary because of the outside heat.
From a different angle we see, sitting between me and Gray ...
... Swedish supporters Marianne Kock, bidding box inventor Gösta Nordenson (also with
toothache?) and Olle Westermark, the Swedish captain. Reporter Tore Sandgren, though
in fact very tall, is almost totally concealed behind me. After the Swedish half-time lead,
Great Britain chose to top their team with Reese-Schapiro and Konstam-Gray. The British
team went on to win this championship by 100 victory points out of 102 possible.
This mastership appeared during my most intensive bridge period, when I shared apartment
with Sundelin for three years. The qualifications were divided in two steps. First locally, then
in a 4 days final in Stockholm. I played 3 days with Sundelin and one day with Hans Göthe
substituting the absent (for marriage, not his own though) Sundelin, winning the open contest.
When I left Stockholm after my own marriage, Sven-Olov Flodqvist overtook my bed, some
time later forming a bridge partnership for 15 years with Sundelin. A collaboration that was
going to include two European Championship victories for teams, in 1977 and 1987. These
teams also including Göthe.
10 selected bridge articles by Lars Backström:
Svensk Bridge was a shortlived (5 years) magazine. Managing editor: Sven Welith.
Bridge Nytt was an even more shortlived magazine. Managing editor: Mats Nilsland.
Bridgetidningen, a magazine founded in 1939. Managing editor: Magnus Lindkvist.
Bridge is the Swedish Bridge Federation's official publication since 1969.
*) This article presents a counter-analysis of a deal, that was first analysed by Marshall Miles in
- Spilld mjölk. Svensk Bridge nr 3, 1966.
- Signaturen Bo. Svensk Bridge nr 5, 1966.
- Sundsvallsronden 1966. Svensk Bridge nr 1, 1967.
- Om att testa ditt spel. Bridge Nytt nr 10-11, 1969. English version, 2004:
About testing your play. *)
- Stjärnfall. ("Shooting-stars"). Bridgetidningen nr 1, 1995.
- Händelser vid Senior-EM på Malta. Bridgetidningen nr 6, 1999.
- BRONS i Seniorklassen vid OS-2000. Bridge nr 5, 2000.
- Det bästa av Gray är det bästa av bridge. Bridgetidningen nr 2, 2003.
- Lätt UD och försenad 2-färgsvisning. Bridgetidningen nr 4, 2006.
- Landsvägen. ("The main road"). Bridgetidningen nr 3, 2007.
the November, 1966, edition of the American magazine Bridge World,
titled Test your play.
I made the translation to English before our competition
versus USA and Marshall Miles
during the 2004 Bridge Olympic Championships in Istanbul.
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