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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
2 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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What is a Patton?
Patton is one of the worst scoring systems ever devised. I only ever played it once, and do not wish ever to play it again. It's a mixture of BAM and aggregate swing. The result on one board can distort the result of the match. Four-board match. Board 2 ...
Donations Needed
@Ian: You try to tell the young people of today that, and they won't believe you.
Mike Summers-Smith's bidding problem: AQJx xxxxx xx KJ
I thought that the answer was clear; but the multiple choices of answer (ATM, none in a majority or in a negligible minority) suggest that this is a better problem than I first thought.
Should this pass be forcing??
There is at least one other standard FP-initiating sequence, rarely encountered but sometimes very profitable, which dates back to the 1930s: 1A(x)xx(P); P
Donations Needed
"I wonder how does maintaining a site cost money?" Electricity is free. Internet access is free. Server storage costs nothing. Up-to-date versions of all software tools are free. Hired staff work for free. Not.
Donations Needed
Why try to put people off? BW is an excellent site. It's free. It's open to anyone, which is as it should be. If you would like it to keep it running for the benefit of all, stick your hand in your trouser pocket (and if, being from ...
Should this pass be forcing??
I once worked out a complete set of FP rules. Most of it consisted of unusual exceptions and of stuff needing partnership agreement. Apart from one item; stick to that, and you won't go very far wrong. [i]Pass is forcing if we have forced to game, or have ...
Paddy Murphy's lead problem: 8763 T K87532 Q4
And W didn't overcall 1, which I certainly would have done.
Dealing With Wide Ranging Preempts
"A regular partner encountered this problem IMPs, unfavorable vulnerability: "1-(2)*-? 2 was described as 5 or 6 , 0-15 HCP. "The opening side ended in 4 through an aggressive (but reasonable) auction and wound up -300 for a significant loss of IMPs. "The first issue ...
Ruling question regarding an unalerted jump cuebid
Did N think that 4 was Gerber or something? Did he think that A was going to stand up, and that he had a surprise trick with K? When he called the director, did he specify the killing lead which he'd been distracted from? 1210. Strongly tempted to ...

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