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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
24 minutes 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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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Richard Fleet's bidding problem: KQ743 T 642 AKT7
I think that we can rule out the idea that 4 is to play... 4 surely has to agree . On general principles, I would take this to be some sort of sweep cue, showing all side suits controlled and asking about the quality of my . Staring ...
Do you spend too much time playing bridge?
A onetime partner gave up chess after he got stuffed out of sight in a tournament by a young boy in short trousers who was sucking his thumb and clutching his teddybear. Nigel Short seems to have done OK for himself. My onetime partner may have done well to give ...
Double is?
Partner's TOX asked me to specify my best suit, at whatever level I thought best. My PENX says, OK, I'll go along with that idea. It's my lead, isn't it?
Something unusual ...
I don't believe double is optimal with 42 AQJ85 AK7 AQ5.
What is going on?
Reducing this to bridge illogic: 2 has to be natural. The only other meaning I can think of is that it insists that partner choose between the unbid suits (, and having all been spoken for already). It follows that 3 is also natural. I have ...
Guess the Bridge Player
An excellent set of clues imo - the puzzle was solvable using only the first clue, as all such puzzles should be.
A self-inflicted nightmare
I agree that in general the beer card doesn't count if are trumps. However... I once scored 7 at T13 to defeat 3x. Declarer (an EBU purple jacket) ruled that it should count, both because I could have taken it a couple of tricks earlier and let ...
Guess the Bridge Player
They're extremely rare, very few beavers wear one.
Mike Summers-Smith's bidding problem: 42 AQJ85 AK7 AQ5
40 votes for a bid which loses 14 IMPs, and only 4 dissenters? Run? double first, and get active after they run? In your dreams! Yes of course E is comic with . If you double, it goes AP and you collect 1300 for 7 off on any rational defence ...
Guess the Bridge Player
Tsk - bad form to spell out the answer - just hint at it, to show you know.

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