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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
57 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

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
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
The ACBL: a Byword for Incompetence?
Back in 1973, I played in an English congress (tournament) with a Jewish partner. When sending in the entry form, I had ticked the box about special dietary requirements and added the necessary details. When we got to the break and collected our trays of food, we found that the ...
The ACBL: a Byword for Incompetence?
In a cricket blog today, I learned of the ECB Game. The idea is to convert that initialism to something more appropriate (cricket lovers will understand). Rule: expand ECB as adverb-adjective-noun. OP's suggestion was, Excruciatingly Complacent Buffoons. Another suggestion was, Embarrassingly Cack-handed Blunderers (and also a campanology-related word for ...
Squeeze for 1400
"+1400" "Flat. Never mind that, what happened on board 12? How on earth did you let the overtrick through?"
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: --- AK AQJ96 AJT543
I've ticked off this from my to-do list: (3)P(P)? It was a Pro-Am game. I held a good hand with the best part of 9 tricks, including a running minor. void? What void? 3N! for all the MPs. The only making game (partner held ...
How would you interpret this bid?
"How would you interpret this bid?" Blackwood solves all problems. Doesn't it? In real life, partner is about to see dummy. 4N by me took control of the auction. 6 suggests that he psyched 4, or something. I am not going to waste any time at all ...
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: AQT9874 --- 6432 53
Pass. For all I know, partner is looking at 9 tricks in his or her own hand, and only needs my cards to stop opponents from running 5 rapid tricks. Have I, or have I not, described and limited my hand? Bidding again here is the worst sort of ...
Question emailed to me.
Only the one club - but it's studded with iron nails. One of my partners, then no longer quite a junior, chose whimsically to open 3 in third on AKQx and a pile of rubbish. His bid had some practical though perhaps not theoretical merits. (a) Neither opponent could ...
Try constructing a hand or two where a switch is needed to beat 3 (this is IMPs).
Hesitation blues
A few years ago, on another website, a student whose teacher had set the ridiculous question "Write a blues song" asked for help. I waded in, gave them the innocuous first words of five AAB verses, and suggested that they take it from there. Any likely completion would have been ...
Hesitation blues
One of the great blind preaching bluesmen. In every video I've seen, he seems to be smoking either a cigarette or a stogie.

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