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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Member Since
May 8, 2016
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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.

Country
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.
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Gordon Rainsford's lead problem: KQ9 2 KQ65 T8654
Having looked at the hand records, I think it fair to observe that one might take issue with all of the first four contributions to the auction. In particular, I am far from convinced that "constructive weak two" is an appropriate description of what East actually held (and what West ...
Gordon Rainsford's bidding problem: 54 85 KQT97542 A
I take your point. I regarded it as a relatively close decision.
David Gold's lead problem: 732 KT53 K32 J62
Wow. 6 was some bid!
Ping Hu's bidding problem: QT 6 KT742 KT976
With all denominations except hearts potentially in play, 3 must be right at this point.
James Huntington's bidding problem: 82 KQ865432 7 43
It wouldn't surprise me if 2 was the limit. And it wouldn't surprise me if 4 was cold.
Gordon Rainsford's bidding problem: 54 85 KQT97542 A
If this is a ruling, both P and 5 are logical alternatives in my view.
Gordon Rainsford's lead problem: KQ9 2 KQ65 T8654
I think that a top spade is far superior to a top diamond: better third card and more likely to set up a trick that will cash. I don't understand the abstentions (unless some of them know the hand - Premier League yesterday?).
Nikolay Yaninski's bidding problem: AQT8 AKJ95 A K73
It seems to me that bidding 5 might be the only way to achieve a minus score.
Any Suggestions for Best Line in 3NT
I agree with the basic line. After the third round of hearts, how about club ace, spade finesse, cash the fourth club and play ace and another spade? Now you make by force when W has k and East J. This requires East to be 3=5=2=3 or ...
Was It Yet Another Missed Slam?
I agree with 4. No-one would suggest that AKx Qxxx AK10xx x was too good for a splinter and there is no reason to suppose that the hand is better than that (yes, I know that partner might have Q preventing dummy being forced and providing a discard for ...
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