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Frances Hinden
Frances Hinden
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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4 hours ago
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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

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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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Craig Biddle's bidding problem: K95 AKJT AT752 5
Even if partner passes 1d I don’t see him passing out 1s
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: AQJ KT82 J74 A52
"3♥ is encouraging a slam investigation, 4♥ discourages it" This seems unnecessarily rigid. I'd like to bid 3 to find out what partner has. If he patterns out into spade (e.g. xxx AQxxx AQ10x x) I've got a good hand; if he patterns out into clubs ...
ATB: Pushy slam failed
What if East had xxx xx KQ109xxx A? Still not making 6D
Score Adjustment
What John said.
Do bridgeplayers LIKE conventions?
"snopes" is nearly (but not quite) an anagram of a word you don't like, therefore you won't visit one of the oldest (est. 1992) and most famous fact-checking websites there is? That's an interest chain of logic.
Do bridgeplayers LIKE conventions?
"over 1 million lines of code, is probably the largest program ever written." That is so far off being true it's not even a good guess
Yellow Systems - A Dire Discovery
"They could easily have used an exception for "bids which explicitly show two or more cards in a particular suit"." Except that, as far as I can tell, the WBF are happy with a 1 opening that is Natural, or balanced outside the NT range, or specifically 4-4-4-1 with ...
A Really Nice Play? (Obvious to an Expert?)
We were once defending 3NT on the auction 1NT-3NT. I led a spade. Dummy had 10x. My partner had AQxxx and thought I'd found a good lead from 3 low with nothing better to attack. To maintain communications, he played the queen. A nice expert play, except that I ...
Yellow Systems - A Dire Discovery
The EBU have tried to solve this with "A pass before any player has bid must not show, or usually have, any values" this is obviously a bit vague: what does 'usually have any values' mean exactly? But (unlike much of our regulation) it hasn't caused any issues. These ...
How do you rule?
"Using natural 5-card based system, I think that E should bid 2♦ after 1♥, not 2♣ or 3♣, because opener didn't promise yet an unbalanced hand." Well, that depends on your 'natural 5-card based system' because for many people on this side of the Atlantic, 1 - 1 ...
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