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Frances Hinden
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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2 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

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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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What do you say? (Part 1)
If I have led a spade from hand towards dummy, I would say either 'eight' or 'low' or 'small' If I am leading from dummy, I would say '8 of spades' If I have led a non-spade from hand, and am discarding or ruffing, I would say either 'low spade ...
Frances Hinden's bidding problem: Q96 K3 986432 QJ
2 is various hands including invitational no major. Partner bids 2NT most minima, 3 minimum with both minors (you will have a better landing spot than 2NT) or 3 any maximum. If partner bids 3 you will bid 3NT If partner bids the very unlikely 3 ...
1!D Overcall: legal on 3 card suit?
If an overcall doesn't promise at least 4 cards in a known suit (or is super strong) then it's brown sticker for WBF purposes. This means that you can't play it in the Olympiad or the Round Robin stages of the Bermuda Bowl. I'd be surprised ...
Showing the Jack of Spades
The vulnerability is, however, different
ATB - Wrong Game
You have two 9-card fits and want to play in the one that is breaking 3-1. All suggestions welcome as to how to work that one out in the auction.
ATB - Matchpoints
On the auction, West seems to have an easy 2 bid over 2. That probably gets EW to 3 making 170, which is a worse result than defending 3. So I have no problem with the auction at all (other than South's horrible 2 ...
Assign the Blame?
While it would have been nice to have stopped in 4, slam is about 52% (2-2 spades or singleton honour offside, minus QJ doubleton offside) It was pretty unlucky to go off in five.
Find the 9 of Clubs
I've voted 'other', because none of your options cover East's card on the first spade. Playing Smith East should play the 3 of spades. Not playing Smith, East should play the 7 of spades suit preference for hearts. There is zero point in giving count in spades. The ...
Help please (2): How good are Strong 10s?
You haven't specified suit contracts or NT. The arguments are very different. Against NT contracts, you are giving both partner and declarer additional information. If Declarer has Qxx opposite Axx and you lead a strong 10, declarer knows where the K is, which is a huge advantage. Similarly AKx ...
ATB Precision
I'd feel hard done by to go off in 4NT opposite that hand and discover that 3NT was making.
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