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Frances Hinden
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 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
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Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton
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slip of the tongue ?
Roland, your second 'jack' should be 'king'
To bid or not to bid
There is a famous lead problem from (what was then the) British trials many years ago. You hold something resembling x AKQJ10xxxx x Ax What do you lead against 1D ?
Defense against 1N-(2N)
I don't understand. After 1NT (2NT) double (3m) Opener doubles 'take-out' with a hand that is happy to defend if partner has a penalty double. Opener passes with a penalty double. Fourth hand doubles with a hand that would have passed opener's penalty double.
Lovely biddings
Ignoring 5-0 trumps for the time being, the two possible lines both make with diamonds 3-3. Ruffing out diamonds gains when trumps are 3-2 and diamonds are 4-2 The other line gains when trumps are 4-1 and the heart finesse is right. It's more likely that trumps are 3-2 ...
Lovely biddings
Revised: if you are going to follow this line you should cross in spades for the second club ruff in case trumps are 5-0 and you need 4 heart tricks
Lovely biddings
I'm not convinced that the ruffing-out-diamonds line is right. ON a club lead, how about Ace of clubs, club ruff Heart to the ace Club ruff Draw trumps AK of diamonds D ruff (if LHO plays the 10 8 of diamonds on the first two rounds you might choose ...
Lovely biddings
This hand is from the Lederer Memorial invitation event, played in London at the weekend.
How do we avoid this disaster?
I don't think partner 'knows' we have at least 4 clubs. Simply from the shapes, declarer could be 2425 On the actual hand, it's wildly unlikely that declarer has five clubs because that would give him QJ9xx and ducking twice, but only because partner's clubs are specifically ...
Defense against 1N-(2N)
pass is forcing, double is take-out
Defense against 1N-(2N)
Double balanced, sets up a forcing pass Pass then double lighter takeout 3c 3-suited very short one minor 3 red xfer, any strength 3s 5-4 majors 4m both majors longer/better in the linked major (This isn't optimal but it is consistent with our defence to other overcalls and ...
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