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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Member Since
May 8, 2016
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am retired both from full-time work and from tournament bridge.  My main bridge interest is researching the history of the tournament game in England: the first (and possibly only) instalment, covering the period up to the end of WW2, was published on the EBU website in December 2016.

My first serious bridge partner was Richard Granville and he suggested that I sign up to this site.

Country
United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the South-West Lancashire knock-out teams event as a very raw schoolboy in 1971 - our opponents in the final were far stronger and more experienced players, including two who went on to win the English National Pairs.
Bridge Accomplishments
I've won a few national events and represented England on several occasions. My main accomplishment might well be either winning the main team event at the EBU summer meeting in partnership with my (now ex) wife or surviving an unbeaten partnership of 160 boards with Tony Forrester.
Regular Bridge Partners
None at present.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
None at present.
Favorite Tournaments
The Lederer Memorial, with which I was involved as organiser, player or commentator for about 30 years.
Favorite Conventions
The Kokish 2H rebid after 2C-2D. I would rather prefer to play without any conventions but some are essential and this is one. I would classify the Kempson 2C or 2D response to 1NT in the same category.
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Malcolm Pryor's bidding problem: --- T652 KT9863 T76
I suspect from the OP that this might have shown an extremely weak hand with a long suit (maybe not diamonds - could be transfer).
Guess the (non)finesse - or do we have enough clues?
I read it as either 4+ spades or a FG hand with three-card support (I accept that the OP doesn't actually say this).
Cash out or continue?
Barry Crane?
Malcolm Pryor's bidding problem: --- T652 KT9863 T76
You're unlimited upwards, that's the problem.
Mindless revoke
I've seen far worse blunders than the two examples given by Tony. On several occasions, for example, I've seen people discard the wrong card at trick 12 when the lead is known to be in dummy for trick 13.
Mindless revoke
I don't agree that it's a benefit of electronic play. Bridge is a mental game requiring concentration: the ability to bid at the correct level, bid and play in turn and follow suit when required are all skills of the game.
Malcolm Pryor's bidding problem: --- T652 KT9863 T76
Even if it's right, I can't bring myself to Pass. If I had another working high card, I would risk 5.
Steve Myerson's bidding problem: KQ AQ95 KJ43 JT9
Yes, it's too strong. xxx Kxx Qxxxx xx is hardly a giant and we will make 3 while they'll make at least 2.
Malcolm Pryor's bidding problem: AKQ5 Q74 Q52 AK5
"Partner has some points as both opps passed." I don't see that this follows.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 863 QT QT653 J94
The votes for Pass might have been made when the problem was originally set out (i.e. for West, not North).
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