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Frances Hinden
Frances Hinden
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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
Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton
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Where is the Quantitative bid here?
"never understood" seems a bit odd. You have a balanced 19-count with a double spade stop. How do you plan to describe your hand this if you can't bid a natural 4NT? You might decide that other meanings for the bid are more useful, but it's quite possible ...
An unofficial poll on the double-blitz rule
The EBU rule is 8 VPs each (on a 20 VP scale) with the TD given discretion to reduce that to anything he thinks suitable, including zero. "in aggravated circumstances, the TD may impose a more severe penalty/more generous indemnity. One example of such a circumstance would be if ...
Why play a Big !C or Precision?
You equate 'two over one' with "good old-fashioned" and "traditional natural" My 2/1 system is neither traditional nor natural Many strong club systems are both traditional and have many more natural bids than my 2/1 system. Choosing to play strong club, multi-way club (e.g. Polish or Swedish ...
Where is the Quantitative bid here?
Partner has opened.
Serious 3NT question
When I play 3N as a shortness ask, I also play 4 suit as a cue bid. The alternative (which I play in some auctions) is to play 3NT as a general slam try no shortage, and new suit as shortage. It's only at the 2-level that I can ...
replacing an unintended call
1) Yes pass is a call and the ruling was correct. 2) The laws changed
Misconceptions on automatic false cards
The bridge world has been publishing multiple variations on this theme; one every few months since Jan 2000
A technical look at the recent (obscure) rule problem
"I play at a small club outside EBUland ....(Neither of these systems would be EBU compliant)" The EBU do not regulate bidding agreements at club level. EBU-affiliated or not, clubs are free to have whatever bidding regulations (or none) that they want.
Serious 3NT question
If 3s might be 18-19 Bal it's an offer to play If 3s promises an unbalanced hand it asks for shortage. I only play serious/non serious when both hands are (roughly) unlimited.
Close Contract
There's obviously a cultural gap here. When I agree to play 'two-way checkback' with someone I assume that - Going through 2C to invite shows 5 cards in my major - An immediate raise to 2NT is a natural invite - I have no way to escape to 3C In a more ...
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