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Michael Hargreaves
Michael Hargreaves
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Member Since
Sept. 5, 2013
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2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Canadian player living in Victoria, B.C. Back playing after 4+ years not playing. 3 time Canadian Open Team champion.

 

As declarer, have gone down 12 undoubled tricks in a slam, and 10 undoubled at the 4-level: clearly i could have either bid or played the hands differently.

Country
Canada

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
The first time we won the Canadian team trials...as a 4 player team....profoundly tired....and then the feeling that spread thru my body after we finished comparing scores on the last segment.
Bridge Accomplishments
3 canadian team championship titles
Regular Bridge Partners
michael roche
Member of Bridge Club(s)
none
Favorite Tournaments
used to be the CNTC event.
Favorite Conventions
2/1 with relay, but nobody plays it:)
BBO Username
mikeh
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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The Best Bridge Writer
My understanding is that one reason he never did that depth of analysis again was that the players involved resented having their mistakes detailed so thoroughly. As someone who lived and played in those circles, which were smaller than today (even though there were far more people playing duplicate), engendering ...
BW 2/1: 1!d-2!c-2!D
To me, 2M should promise 5+ diamonds, some modest extras and a 4 card major. Rebidding 2M with 4=4 hands and any range wastes an opportunity to better define opener's holdings. One of the weaknesses of 2/1 (and, yes, it isn't a perfect style) is that ...
Rough treatment
given that the missing club is the 8, it doesn't seem too challenging to infer that declarer lacked that card when he called for the 10 at trick 1
1S-1Nt-2H-3H-??
I think AJx is enough. I do think it 'matters' in theory altho it may well not matter in practice.
The Best Bridge Writer
Your own book is one of my favourites. I remember finally getting that amazing problem hand where one has to make the completely counter-intuitive play: I won't say more in case anyone here both hasn't read the book and doesn't know the hand. I am at the ...
Conventions that work best (when they don't come up)
Also not an answer to the question posed, but in the auction 2 2 3 I like, by a very wide margin, 3 to be a 'noise', allowing opener to rebid a 4 card major. Making 3 be 'natural' is aiming at an infinitesimal target ...
Follow-up: Opener's 2nd rebid
I have no opinion, beyond that the only way I'd ever be in this situation would be if I suddenly discovered that I had a spade in my clubs. Since I rarely make that mistake, and then usually don't discover it this early, I have no experience trying ...
Opener's 1st rebid
I have long believed that rebidding 1N is about shape and strength, not location of honours. This is entirely different, for example, than my thinking after a 2/1 response to 1M, where we are in a game force and I need sometimes be concerned with right-siding 3N. Here, the ...
The Best Bridge Writer
I have two of his books, purchased by me directly from him...he sent them via email and I simply printed them off and bound them (one of the advantages of my work environment/situation). I really enjoy his books, especially the technical aspects. Perhaps because English is not his ...
The Best Bridge Writer
For me, Kelsey has to be the finest bridge writer ever. He doesn't deserve as much credit as he seems to get for Adventures, since the underlying ideas weren't his. However, his Killing Defence books were revolutionary at the time. I collect old bridge books, and there were ...
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