Gazzilli Convention

The origin of this conventional method is discussed below. The evidence allows the conclusion that the conventional method was devised in Italy, most likely by Mr. Leo Gazzilli of Milan, Italy, of whom very little is known except what Mr. Giovanni Bobblo has revealed. The perhaps most early employment of this conventional method is around the mid-1980s. It has not been confirmed whether or not Mr. Benito Garozzo has assisted either in its development or in its promotion within the bridge community.

The conventional method addresses a common systemic feature by introducing an artificial 2 Clubs rebid by the opener after an opening in a Major suit and a first response of 1 Spade or 1 No Trump. The conventional method has been extended to also include openings in the Minor suits and adjustments have been made to accomodate these opening bids.

According to Mr. Richard Pavlicek the designation is not only a combination but also the combined efforts of Mr. Benito Garozzo and Mozilla, which is the Netscape based open source browser. Hence Gazzilli as explained in a post on the forum Netscape: Mozilla Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation. Established in July, 2003, the Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote choice and innovation on the Internet. The Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for the Mozilla open source software project, and governs the actions of Mozilla Corporation.

Re: Grazzilli Bridge (Guest)
Apr 9, 2005, 08:25 AM

Vladimir wrote:

> Can any one explain Grazzilli convention?

Yes, it was the combined efforts of Benito Garozzo and
Netscape (Mozilla) to create on-line bridge browsing.

Never mind. You probably mean Gazzilli (aka Gazilli).
You can discussions/references on this newsgroup.
Go to:
and search for these terms within r.g.b.

Richard Pavlicek
Web site:

Who ya gonna call?

Note: Included is also the explanation regarding the designation from Mr. Giovanni Bobblo posted in rec. games.bridge. On Thursday, November 18, 2004, he writes:

From: Giovanni Bobbio
Date: Thurs, Nov 18 2004 6:40 am
Not yet rated

Daniel Auby wrote:
> On a related topic:
> Around 1990 Cole popped up which was an alternative way to handle some
> of the problems I described. In younger groups in Sweden today it is
> standard to play
> 1M-1NT
> 2C

> as "witch"-2C as it was baptised by its inventors, not long after
> Cole, but long before Gazilli saw the light AFAIK.

Daniel, I was playing Gazzilli (note two z's) in the late eighties and I
have no reason to believe I was an early adopter, especially since I was
little more than a beginner then (don't ask about now, thank you).
By the way, acknowledging all the interest on this convention from American
players, The Bridge World has just accepted an article of mine on Gazzilli.
No idea on when it will be published.


BG Note: This article by Mr. Giovanni Bobblo was published in The Bridge World in the May 2005 issue, page 52.

On Thursday, November 19, 2004, he writes:

From: Giovanni Bobbio
Date: Fri, Nov 19 2004 3:33 am
Not yet rated

Daniel Auby wrote:
> Did you invent it (Gazzilli) or do you know who got the original idea?

As far as I can tell it was invented in Milan.
Leo Gazzilli was a player from Milan who used to play with a lady called
Jolanda Baj. In the early years of the convention we used to call it Baj
rather than Gazzilli. I would venture that this pairs was the first to play
the convention.
That's all I know. Surely older players from Milan will remember more

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