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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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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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
Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Wimbledon
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Finch
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Jacoby 2NT?
Unspecified shortage, 4-card support, less than Drury All good hands with support go through Drury
An Insufficent—Bidding Problem
In the EBU you are explicitly allowed to vary your methods following an irregularity, so I don't know why you would feel tacky in that situation.
What is your plan?
Other: bid 4h to play in 4h
Gordon Rainsford's bidding problem: Q642 Q532 6432 5
Playing you that may be true ("for a limited hand pass is always a LA") but I doubt many would say that pass is an LA looking at, say AKQx KQJx xx AQx
Gordon Rainsford's bidding problem: Q642 Q532 6432 5
I have voted on the basis of an in-tempo uninterested pass from RHO, but if he agonised for ages, I'd raise.
Combining preemptive, mixed, invitational and GF minor-suit raises with showing balanced hands.
I don't agree with your premise (I think playing 2m as GF is wasteful and it is easy to include invitational hands as long as you play a bit of system) However in passing I note that we don't have a pre-emptive raise after a 1 opening ...
Revoke followed by incorrect concession/claim--Result?
I think this is right.
Should this Q-bid be Natural?
I used to play it as artificial. I switched to natural about three years ago at partner's request Neither meaning ever comes up at the table
The 2-to-the-16th Combinations of High Cards
I did it as well once, in order to calculate the odds of various point counts, number of controls etc Yes, there are published tables of these but my spreadsheet also allows you to change the distribution and look for combined partnership values. David's spreadsheet (which I admit I ...
ATB missed NT Game
Really? Win the spade lead. Concede a heart. Win a spade return. Concede a heart. They cash two spades. I claim the remainder. Game is actually much better after the take-out double because it makes it almost certain that spades are 4-3, and almost certain that diamonds are either blocked ...
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