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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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Are system psych allowed?
If you are talking about the hand I think you are, the TD and the AC both ruled that the pair had an concealed illegal agreement about the strength of their third seat openings.
Are system psych allowed?
"My question is also: Can you agree sequence where you use psych and at some point partner has info that it was psych? That just doesn't feel right." If you have an agreement that a particular uncontested sequence reveals an earlier "psyche", then the bid wasn't a psyche ...
Are system psych allowed?
It is legal to field a psyche as long as you have no more information than the opponents. It is illegal to have a concealed partnership understanding that a bid may be a psyche.
No If the only option in 2NT was hearts, then yes. But 2NT could be competing in a different suit. Suppose the auction goes 1NT 2 2NT (leb) 3 ? Opener wouldn't usually act, not knowing anything about responder's hand. But if it goes 1NT 2 ...
ATB for missing this slam
I always struggle mentally when Ken talks about "Biddy". In American English, Biddy is (I believe) a short form of Bridget with no other connotation. In English English, biddy is slang for, to quote from the dictionary, "a woman, especially an elderly one, regarded as annoying or interfering" In English ...
"Also note that this actually means responder is allowed to bid 3♥ with diamonds or 3♦ with hearts without barring his partner. I don't see why he should to do so in our particular example, but it might open some unexpected doors in more complex cases." I can't ...
Bid this grand
If South opened 2, I'm not sure I would make a positive on the North hand. This might sound weird, but the hand is actually so enormously strong that you perhaps want to go more slowly. I would be 100% certain that my partner had a diamond void ...
Bid this grand
North as dealer you've wasted a a round of the auction 1 - 1 2 - 5 (grand slam force) 5NT (one) - 7 playing matchpoints is harder because you want to work out if there are 13 top tricks South as dealer, why on earth would ...
Winston Chang's bidding problem: AKxx AKJ9x --- KQJ9
Pass, should show a 2- or 3-suiter With a balanced hand, I double With a single-suiter, I bid
How would you have acted?
Amusingly enough, the Malmo appeal mis-quotes the alerting policy, referring to 'calls' (which I assume was the wording intended) rather than 'bids' (which is the actual wording in the policy). Which reinforces the view that as written it contains a drafting error.
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