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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

English county-class bridgeplayer; or, rather, I was, when playing often enough to stay sharp. Favourite methods (1) a home-grown strong Diamond, and (2) Acol. I firmly believe that strong NT and (especially) 2/1 are inventions of the Devil.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Discovering, in real-life play, a one-loser smother play which seems never to have been written up. Least favorite bridge memory: going for 800 in 2Sx on that hand, rather than 1100.
Bridge Accomplishments
Knocked the holders out of the Gold Cup 40 years ago, and.lost in the next round. Finished in the top five a time or two in the EBU Summer Congress Swiss Pairs.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Coventry and North Warwickshire
Favorite Tournaments
EBU Summer Congress Swiss Pairs
Favorite Conventions
Strong Diamond
ACBL Ranking
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Graded Suit-Preference
"Since you are in a force, all doubles by both you and partner are penalties." A rule which everyone* should learn and apply. *Except opponents.
Does This Landy Variant Have a Name?
Why give it a name? 99.9% of players won't know what you're talking about if you tell them you're playing Mandy or Randy or Tandy or whatever. (Should you ever play in UK, I would advise against calling the convention Randy. There is a reason why ...
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
I like intermediate twos in 4th - the sort of hands with a 6-card suit where you'd like open one and rebid two-and-a-half. I've played the idea Paul mentions.
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
"The Principle of the Dangerous Precedent is that you should not now do an admittedly right action for fear you, or your equally timid successors, should not have the courage to do right in some future case, which, [i]ex hypothesi[/i], is essentially different, but superficially resembles the present ...
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
In The Cards: The Secret World of Professional Bridge
"It takes most people weeks to learn to play bridge." That may be a bit broad-brush.
In The Cards: The Secret World of Professional Bridge
"They aren't in this to win medals or to sing the national anthem; they've dedicated their lives to bridge because if they can keep on winning, they'll be rich." I detect a simplistic populist misunderstanding of what drives bridge players. If you want to make a fortune ...
The 2!c strong opening is annoying
In one partnership, we played for several years with 2 weak and no forcing opening below 3N; and that was mainly at IMPs. I can only recall one real disaster, which was a set hand in a simul designed to show off the benefits of the Acol Two (something ...
Two rounds of competitive bidding
3 has the advantage of showing your longest and strongest suit, and the one you'd like led. 2 is a horrible and misleading undercook: you're on your own after it, no way will N ever be able to get the hand right. You might end up ...
A contemporary political event
That may depend on the deal.

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