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Frances Hinden
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May 27, 2014
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about me

I'm based near London, England and fit as much bridge as I can round my day job working in corporate treasury. I'm also vice-chairman of the EBU Laws & Ethics Committee. I play a complex system but find defence and declarer play more interesting than 'assign the blame' bidding problems.

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Twice winner of the British Gold Cup and the Camrose, won the English Premier League and the Spring Foursomes. I sometimes play on the English Open team and reached the QF of the 2016 Olympiad
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Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton
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I apologize for this question
Michael R: no, you are trying to gain by playing (what you consider to be) a superior system. Consider the uncontested auction 1s - 2c - 2s (six) - 2nt - 3nt Would you prefer to defend this knowing that responder has 4+ clubs and not five diamonds (a natural 2c bid) or knowing ...
What is this double?
As Michael R has already pointed out: Probability you want to double an opening 1 bid to show long strong clubs and nothing else = very low Probability you want to double an opening 1 bid to show a hand you want to compete on somewhere = much higher Probability ...
What is this double?
That's a good analogy. Some 'could be short' 1 openings could be 4441 or 3362 or... Some are basically natural being 3 only if 4423 or (34)33 and 2 only if 4432. Some people's 2 response that 'may be 2' is basically natural unless responder ...
Play problem
it's not quite 'of course'. They duck the diamond, you play spades, they win and play a club (the king if necessary); now you are at some risk of being stuck in the dummy with 5 losers and no entry to hand.
Play problem
assuming the opponents are playing standard signals, I would knock out the diamond next. The signals to trick one imply that hearts are 5-3 or 3-5 although it's not entirely clear which (LHO has J74 or J8742). If they continue hearts after winning the diamond ace, I'm hoping ...
What is this double?
Am I allowed to know what 2 means? "could be as short as two" is not full disclosure. For example, if it is natural game forcing, or a 3-card raise in spades then double is take-out of spades. It's also relevant if it is game forcing or not ...
Delicate Probe
I'm saying that if I can't see any strong reason to give a count reason (most of the time) and it's not a Smith position, then I might give suit preference or failing that will play a card at random. When asked, this is the information we ...
Clubs and Hearts
As ever with rulings shown here, there's insufficient information to rule, and even the list of questions is incomplete. To adjust the score, the TD has to decide both if there was misinformation, and if there was, were NS damaged. Let's try the second question first. It's ...
Clubs and Hearts
"Both North and South are entitled to this information: “We have no agreement about 4♣ but among the possibilities are hearts and clubs, and a club pre-empt" That isn't necessarily true. We don't know why West bid 4, but it might not be because he thought that ...
Can a declarer ask what the contract is?
Two things: - First, Rainer, your first comment wasn't about what you wanted people to do at the table, it was a specific request for a different forum and I was pointing out how unnecessary that was. - Secondly, to everyone who complains about people 'nitpicking' or 'lawyering' in these threads ...
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