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Frances Hinden
Frances Hinden
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
Last Seen
8 minutes 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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How do you handle the bad breaks?
I would have played in 3NT by South making 9 tricks. I am completely astonished that both Easts passed the 1 opening, although I do see that it was a successful choice.
Eric Leong's bidding problem: QJT9765 --- 8653 85
...and the idea was to construct a hand that not only passed in first seat but was prepared to jump to 3s when partner overcalls in clubs
Gonzalo Goded's bidding problem: AQ6 A72 QJT643 3
If partner has your sample hand we have more problems than what to bid here
Whats a Balanced Opener?
“11-14 or 18-19 balanced” But I rebid 2d, natural, balanced or a weak club raise
Openers Splinter after 2/1GF
Depends how artificial you want to get. We play 1-2-3 as specifically 1525 extra values. All other raises start with 2, 2NT or 3 (all of which are artificial).
Openers Splinter after 2/1GF
I don't think you can splinter on all ranges, because it just makes life too hard for partner. I think there are two workable approaches: - Splinter on either a minimum, or a super-extras hand that will pull 3NT - Splinter shows extras I don't think that 1S-2C-3H can be ...
Robin Barker's bidding problem: AK4 983 9 QJT853
And the double was?
Gordon Rainsford's bidding problem: 62 AQT765 AJ543 ---
I may be biased by having seen Robin's poll, but the 3 bid is so strange that I really want to know how confident they are that 2 was natural before bidding. I'd also like to know if we can open 1 with four diamonds ...
Robin Barker's bidding problem: AK4 983 9 QJT853
I wrote a long answer that disappeared. The short version is that I have a lot of AI that partner thinks 2 was Michaels: he is a passed hand; he can't have enough clubs to make a fit bid; the double would have been explained either as 'takeout ...
3!C Competitive or Invitational
Constructive but not forcing. On this auction it could even be right to save over 4
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