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, 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.

  • 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.
   *) This article presents a counter-analysis of a deal, that was first analysed by Marshall Miles in
        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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