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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
17 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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ATB - Poor slam
Abstain. No option for 100% each (my choice). All four of the notrump bids were absurd misdescriptions.
Do You Count Your Cards?
You should always know where your towel is.
Do You Count Your Cards?
At rubber bridge (and I am not making this up): "12-14, partner?" "Of course!" Naive opponents think that you're agreeing your notrump range. "I have only 12 cards." "I have 14. Redeal!" (Holding a 2 opener, you say "I have 13" and suggest a recount. The hand with ...
Do we need the BOG?
DB is right to inquire. It generally depends on how much you've had to drink, and how recently.
How Discouraging?
Hence the past popularity of combining attitude signals with variations in speed of play, asking questions about the auction, toying with cigarettes or pencils, etc.
Five card diamond.
Make 1N your forcing opener, and you've reinvented Paul Stern's 1935 Vienna System.
Is Pass Forcing?
If you have to ask, it isn't.
Away from Tannery Row
And here I was all ready to claim my $5 for the lyrics spot. It's also a useful skill, well worth training, to be able to think quickly and to call in rhythm on the hoof when something unexpected happens. Protect partner by not creating UI. (1)P ...
Can I (and Should I) alert my opponent on the other side of the screen that there has been missinformation?
You have no way of knowing behind a screen ('quite certain' is not knowing) whether or not N alerted 2N and gave the correct explanation until after the hand. For all you know, N did both and took a punt. Therefore, the earliest [i]you[/i] can ask about possible ...
Question for the weak no trumpers
With a 5332 8-13 count in third, I give serious consideration to a weak 2. You're protected against a direct TOx and penalty pass.

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