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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
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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.

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.
BBO Username
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ACBL Ranking
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Tanking to get a read
Andy, this was over 40 years ago. Arguing with ex-policemen (which would have served no purpose other than to waste more of my time than the jury service already did - two weeks hanging around the Old Bailey with less than three days actually in a courtroom) was not on my ...
How are people playing this Double these days?
In the North-West, 3NT for take-out was the norm.
Thibault Wolf's bidding problem: 872 Q532 865 982
In past partnerships, I have had the agreement that it is up to the doubler to take the decision. In this context, pass is easy. But I would pass even without this agreement.
Eric Hamilton's bidding problem: Q9732 A42 J4 982
To be honest, I don't mind 3, 4 or a mixed raise.
Tanking to get a read
I've been on a jury and have no confidence whatsoever in the process. The foreman (an ex-policeman with a strong character and loud voice) virtually elected himself. When we retired to consider our verdict, the foreman said "I presume that we all think he's guilty". One waverer immediately ...
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: xx KQx AQTxx QJx
In England, it would be unusual for it not to be natural.
How are people playing this Double these days?
I remember those days. In club bridge in the early 1970s, doubles were either take-out, penalty or (for the better-informed) Lightner.
How are people playing this Double these days?
It may or may not be playable but I regard this double as penalty.
Meckwell leaving NICKELL
A number of people have played for more than one country in the Camrose. Raymond Brock, Patrick Jourdain and Brian Senior come to mind.
Assign blame
It's a tough hand but I think that North should bid 4 over 3 and, having not done that, accept South's slam try. However, South might have bid 2NT on the second round since what he really wants to hear is North bidding 3 (though ...
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