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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
3 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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Over Their Weak Notrump
Canape Astro (CASTRO): x = PEN 2 = 5+ 2 = 5+ 2 = 45+m 2 = 45+m 2N = either 55 or a 5-5 monster 3m = constructive (typically 6cards 12-15) 3M = preemptive 2M canape looks weird at first sight. However: (1) start with ...
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: T43 T83 T862 T93
1 was FG. 3x and 4x are game calls, aren't they?
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: T43 T83 T862 T93
Pass. Unless I can claim +150 for holding all four 10s, and possibly not even then.
Another Reese-Schapiro Hand
[i]Most players don't notice mannerisms.[/i] After one session, my partner at university confessed to me that halfway through he'd got so bored with the dreck he was picking up that he'd written 'Reese-Shapiro signals' on his CC, and had been playing them. Did anyone inquire ...
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: A9532 A98 A4 A54
3N, and glare at LHO. It may be cold, or cold on the wrong, blind lead. All 2N does is give information away. ? what ? I might have wrapped up 9 tricks before anyone notices we've missed a 5-4 fit which might not make 10 anyway.
Another Reese-Schapiro Hand
You and I no longer are. I remember speaking to at least two strong players who knew R-S in their prime, and said that it was an open secret that they were 'at it'.
Another Reese-Schapiro Hand
I think I only played against Joe Amsbury once. Tony Sowter opened 1N, and before my opening lead I asked Joe what it showed. (They had some sort of complicated mixture of ranges which I couldn't be bothered to memorise.) "12-14" "What - always?" Joe went ballistic verging on postal ...
Another Reese-Schapiro Hand
3 is also weird. If you read 2N as strong balanced with , why pull it? They might start doubling. It only seems to make sense if you think 2N was relying on your own (non-existent) holding.
Another Reese-Schapiro Hand
I've seen the hand before, and always found it very peculiar all round. Why psych in a suit you know is breaking badly? I rarely psyched, but my most successful ones were in a suit which looked as if it might be breaking well (xxx was ideal). Here, the ...
JDR Collings
If not, I'd be happy to help. I knew John, and know my way around WP. RF may be able to locate this citation: an interview with John in IPBM in the late 1990s or thereabouts. It was extremely funny if you knew him, and was even funnier if ...

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