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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
9 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.

Country
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
None
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Name that Call?
Takeout, at least two places to play. That's what's on my CC, for whenever they bid at the 4 level on the first round. Opener initially treats it as choice of minors. If the "at least two places" are various levels of , I'll tell him at ...
ATB - another slam missed
In all the partnerships I've ever played in, 2-2; 2N-4 would collect dummy.
ATB - another slam missed
"I have a 7-card suit to A109 (AKA, "trumps"). What to do? I know -- I'll bid 2 and make him describe [b]his[/b] hand." After 2, N can't show his extras below the 4-level.
Post 8 “Bridge Whist” Tuesday, 5th September 2017.
According to Wiktionary, a "litterateur" is "A person engaged in various literary works: literary critic, essayist, writer". That sounds about right. I can't recall where, but I once read a suggestion that the name "bridge" came into English as a translation from a central or eastern European language, perhaps ...
What directors might not know
I think it's about right for a slow pass over a strong 1N. Hands with another point or two should confirm the range first. I would expect a slow pass without asking to be at around opener's minimum. Over a weak 1N, it's certainly strong enough to ...
ATB - missed grand
I hate almost all of this auction, but for me this is the killer point. 5 should we risk seven? 6 no.
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: K84 A Q9652 K863
Which rebid will cheer partner up the most? A limited raise, or an unlimited new suit bid (with - as I know - 5 Miltons between my 2 suits)? 2 is a good way to find our 5-2 fit if partner is 5=4=2=2. I could be persuaded ...
A ruling conundrum
I do like the idea that for some juniors, the only call ruled out by UI might be Pass. (edited, before any pedant points out that Pass is a call not a bid)
A ruling conundrum
I would open 2 on the W hand in 3rd. No real danger, gets in their way, it's the lead I want against 3N, warns them against non-existent bad breaks, etc. E will bid 4, but I expect N-S to find the sac. In one of my ...
Picking a Winner
I thought it was Dronno. (The one time I went there, it was Sunday and it was shut.)
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