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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am retired both from full-time work and from tournament bridge.  My main bridge interest is researching the history of the tournament game in England: the first (and possibly only) instalment, covering the period up to the end of WW2, was published on the EBU website in December 2016.

My first serious bridge partner was Richard Granville and he suggested that I sign up to this site.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the South-West Lancashire knock-out teams event as a very raw schoolboy some 45 years ago - our opponents in the final were far stronger and more experience players, including two who went on to win the English National Pairs.
Bridge Accomplishments
I've won a few national events and represented England on several occasions. My main accomplishment might well be either winning the main team event at the EBU summer meeting in partnership with my (now ex) wife or surviving an unbeaten partnership of 160 boards with Tony Forrester.
Regular Bridge Partners
None at present.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
None at present.
Favorite Tournaments
The Lederer Memorial, with which I was involved as organiser, player or commentator for about 30 years.
Favorite Conventions
The Kokish 2H rebid after 2C-2D. I would rather prefer to play without any conventions but some are essential and this is one. I would classify the Kempson 2C or 2D response to 1NT in the same category.
BBO Username
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Craig Biddle's bidding problem: A96 A AQT4 KQ973
With all choices flawed, I prefer to indicate the overall strength of the hand by bidding 2NT.
Sasha Cooper's bidding problem: QT82 A7 A6432 A4
Vulnerable in an IMP-scored event, I think that 2 is far too conservative. Would this not be bid with Q108x Axx Qxxx Ax?
ATB missed grand
I think that West was at fault. Having asked about the Q, it was incumbent upon him to tell East that all the key cards were present - and this he failed to do.
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: Qxx AKJ2 Kxx KQ7
I can bid 2NT natural but wouldn't with this hand - too little playing strength.
Itzik Ezra's bidding problem: K8754 84 KT943 2
Itzik, as the problem is set out, your partner opened 1 and the opponent overcalled 1NT. Your comment "partner has a good 1nt overcall" implies that the opponent opened 1 and partner bid 1NT.
David Parsons's bidding problem: Q2 KT QT8763 T43
To what extent does your simulation exclude hands where 2NT was not a rational action?
BW 2/1: 1!D-2!C-2M
It might be fashionable nowadays to open 1NT with David's hand; at one time, the idea would have been greeted with incredulity.
Drew Casen's lead problem: QJ83 T72 A94 T86
By leading A I hope to know how to plan the defence.
Another ruling case
As I have observed before, screens are often self-defeating. Anyone who is not totally deaf can always tell who was thinking behind a screen.
Splitting in 2nd Seat: High or Low?
I had a long conversation with the late Joe Amsbury on the subject of defensive deception a number of years ago. As was his wont, he had opened 1NT with a singleton (this was 100% anti-system). He led the singleton to trick 1 against a suit contract: it was a ...
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