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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
6 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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Things Bridge Winners could change?
Scratch and shake your head, shuffle about a bit, reach for the box a couple of times, and make your rebid slowly. Works for me.
How different are these hands? What's your style?
IMO 5422 is a foul shape; only 4441 even comes close among the shapes I dislike. 5422 plays about a trick worse than the HCP suggest, and plays less badly in suits than in NT. I'm bidding my suits. I may open 1N if in range with 2M2oM5m4om; mainly ...
Partner forgets agreement/ UI/ Fielding a psych
There's something to be said for a JOC of 3 over 1A if (a) it's MPs, (b) it's at favourable, and (c) your partner has no history of violence. (Other factors, for example beer consumption, seriousness of the event, or you or your partner being a ...
Best defense... ? (to be cont.)
Another legit line may be to hope that S has something like Qx KJxxxx AJx xx, and had pushed the boat out with 3. That would give partner Axx xxx 10xxx xxx, where a trump lead is blah but not unreasonable. Did N waggle his ears when he bid ...
Conventions that work best (when they don't come up)
Using a strong minor base, 1M(P)4M can be anything from 5-card support and a nothing count up to a flattish 14 or so with 4-card support. Most of the time, oppo stay silent; but not always, and you tend to remember with satisfaction those times that they didn ...
Partner forgets agreement/ UI/ Fielding a psych
I wouldn't have bid on that filth if LHO had flashed me xx xx AKQJxxx xx.
Defense Against Short Minors
Over short 1: x - I have a sound natural 1 opener of some sort (i.e. PEN) 1N - NF TO of 2 - F1 TO of (15+ or so) Otherwise, same as over standard 1. Similarly over short 1. (If RF reads this, he ...
Doubling in this Position
In both cases - "I think we should defend 4x unless you have a better idea".
Bridge Memes
Pass May Show Length.
Best defense... ? (to be cont.)
1N on that meaty 13-count seems to be making allowances.

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