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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
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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 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
None
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How do we avoid this disaster?
Pages 135-6 in my copy. Chapter 5, Examples 13 and 14. Example 13 is perhaps even more gruesome than 14 (the one which HenryS accurately remembered). W AJ654 E K10983. (1) Small, 2, K, 7. (2) 10, Q, duck...
BetaBridge? A bit better?
Next up: bridge-playing programs that can make snide remarks and hurl abuse as well as human players can. (Robots would never get a DD problem wrong, they'd be world-class result merchants.)
Sportsmanlike dumping???
Known in English as "bandy". Here's an [url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/27/russian-team-scores-11-own-goals-bandy-meet-easier-opponent-next-round]English newspaper write-up[/url], which says that the authorities are taking a good hard look.
BetaBridge?
Go, and chess, are full-information games. Despite knowing next to nothing about Go, I watched the AlphaGo v. Lee Sedol match live - gripping viewing with expert commentary, like: what's that move? - is it a blunder, or have I missed something? By the next day, top Go players had worked ...
What is the minimum for a takeout double part II 4450
Abstain. My answer would depend on whether it's IMPs or MPs, and what oppo's system is.
What is minimum for takeout double part I 4441
Abstain. Impossible to answer without knowing (a) the form of scoring and (b) whether 1 shows 3+ or 4+.
How do we get to 6!C?
"1 showed an unbalanced hand (likely longer s than s)." Unbalanced - check. 31 - check. I was beginning to wonder where these methods might be legal...
Does this treatment over Stayman has a name?
I usually interpret "I trotted out the Old Black" as "I had no idea about strain or level so I bid 4N".
Does this treatment over Stayman has a name?
@Zoran - OP specified that 2N was non-prom. 4 here would be a good way to practice playing game-level 4-2 fits. @Martin - over here, 1N-2; 2-2 is a scramble getting out of NT. I'd expect a bad 4=1=4=4 type.
Does this treatment over Stayman has a name?
"Natural"? A related sequence: 1N-2; 2-2N; 3 = maximum, 4-4 majors.
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