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Frances Hinden
Frances Hinden
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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2 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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Question regarding missing information behind screens
For those who 'don't understand' the WBF and EBL policy (which is also the policy in many other countries) or think it is peculiar, the logic is simple, and derives from one principle: No information may cross the screen other than calls made and cards played. As soon as ...
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A K97 AK84 AKT76
I said passing a short club WITHOUT long clubs is very risky. If partner passes 1 with xxx xx xx xxxxx (plus a 13th card) I doubt it will end the auction.
David Boxley's bidding problem: JT8765 A82 Q KT9
Yes, I expect 4 to make too. That isn't the point. The point is whether it is worth looking for AQx x Axx Axxxxx opposite
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: 653 QJ6 AT63 952
The problem with this analysis is the statement that 'you cannot want a '. Why can't you have the club suit over declarer and simply expect the contract to go multiple numbers off?
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A K97 AK84 AKT76
Passing a short club opening without long clubs is extremely risky, particularly vulnerable. Much more so than responding on a sub minimum hand.
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A K97 AK84 AKT76
You don't need to play it as exactly forcing, but in practice you only pass on hands with long clubs.
Chris Derrick's bidding problem: A K97 AK84 AKT76
I seriously find it hard to construct any hand on which a 2NT opening will work better. There are no hands where partner will pass 1 where he won't pass 2NT. This hand is not even difficult to bid after a 1 opening.
Brilliant bid by Polish youngster
Richard, perhaps if you saw the auction starting 1NT P 2D P 2H you would complain that responder bid diamonds holding hearts and opener bid hearts with diamonds. The OP describes the cue-bidding agreements in place.
How would you interpret this bid?
I think it shows an odd number of keycards and a diamond void, but partner is just doing it one step lower to give more room if you are looking for grand.
Triple Squeeze Played As A Double
I don't understand the argument for leading a heart rather than a spade because partner is likely to have more of them. You've got more spades than hearts, so your combined holding is likely to be longer in spades that hearts. By that argument you would lead a ...
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