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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.

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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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Precision 1D!-(1M)-2D-(P)-2N
That's consistent. You may not have an 8-card major suit fit.
Defense against a BSC over 1!C
Yes, although I doubt they played the overcalls as forcing.
Precision 1D!-(1M)-2D-(P)-2N
"WHENEVER you have a two level bid and raise, 2N is forcing one round." Not a bad principle, but it doesn't apply to this auction, because you haven't found a fit. 2NT can only be forcing when you have a known fit to play in.
Defense against a BSC over 1!C
In England, a 1C opening on which clubs could be anything from the shortest suit to the longest suit is considered artificial, and any defence is permitted. This seems normal to me; defining 1C as ‘natural’ when it might be 4432, or 3352 or 2227 or…. seems jolly odd. So ...
The problems of over-alerting
Steve: great rant, but missing a little on the facts. The EBU rules on alerting doubles are unchanged since 2006.
Road to the GNT Final Four R16 Q4
For the 4 contract on pages 3-4, while I agree the 10 is likely to be suit preference, I'd expect it to be suit preference for diamonds (rather than clubs), not spades. Still, who am I to argue with success?
What is you plan?
This whole discussion is like an earlier thread in which lots of US players assumed that transfer-and-raise was a slam try, because 'everybody' plays Texas. They don't. If I sat down with a random UK expert (say D Burn) and the auction started P 1D 1NT 2D 4D, I ...
Reverse response after initial 1NT
"Since in all cases responder will have denied a major suit, opener's reverse into a major will show 5+-c (or be a fake reverse with some minor single suiter), responder will raise on 3-c support. " No. Opener is making a descriptive bid with a 5-card (or longer) minor ...
Potentially Objectionable Content
(oxy)moron ? (although it didn't trigger a warning for me, so I must be wrong)
Bidding slam at the club
I've voted (80%) but actually there's no one answer. With a combined 30 HCP or better and an uncontested auction, about 50%. Slams based on a big fit but limited HCP or after the opponents have opened the bidding are basically never bid at club matchpoints.
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