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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.

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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Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: QJ9 --- AKxxx AKQxx
I don't see anyone suggesting not bidding a slam. The challenge is how likely it is that 7 is cold, given that partner is not going to bid it over 6H with only the AK
Article about removing 1nt to play in a suit with various shapes
"For the computer runs, opener's hands are restricted to the three most common notrump patterns: 4-3-3-3, 4-4-3-2, and 5-3-3-2 with no long major." I stopped at that point.
Confession of a Self-Kibitzer
Barry I wonder from both this and your other thread what exactly you want under 3. The whole point is how easy it is. Here are some detailed instructions: 1. Log on as yourself on your favourite device and start the match 2. Place your tablet/phone/second laptop next ...
Using the "C" Word
"Also, WHY do we allow non-ACBL members (e.g., foreign countries) to play in ACBL BBO tourneys?" Oh I see. ACBL members don't cheat but foreign ones do?
Eight Ever - Nine Never - or is it the other way round?
I agree with a comment upthread. I want the spades.
Eight Ever - Nine Never - or is it the other way round?
No, there's no inconsistency. It's saying it is better to declare with 9 and defend with 8
"HITS" - Mesh versus Fit
I will think a bit more about the concept, but one comment to start with. One of the big gains of all of this type of system is the intermediate openings. I am not sure how much of your gains are from being able to open these hands vs the ...
"HITS" - Mesh versus Fit
My other thought is that singleton honours are going to cause you trouble. We play a lot of shortage showing bids later in the auction (and not always after finding a fit) and these are always troublesome. Take the last hand. Do you want to be in 5 with ...
Best play in 6NT?
Except the suggested line needs kx of clubs onside if the first club loses to the jack, and can’t pickup jxxx either If you are going to play clubs this way start with low to the 10
No IMPs at stake - the solution
Try reading the original thread to see why you are analysing 2dx
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