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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
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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.

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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Srdjan Richter's bidding problem: 98763 A 75432 82
Even vulnerable at IMP, there seems to have been some serious over-bidding going on.
What should the selectors do?
Frankly, Mike, I don'[t give a damn.
The cost of a bridge game
Indeed, Dominic.
The cost of a bridge game
I thought that the YC occupied its premises by virtue of a standard commercial lease, which doubtless includes a rental element. Certainly, when one goes there, it looks like their permanent premises. In contrast, the other clubs that I have mentioned are clearly occupying someone else's premises. I accept ...
What should the selectors do?
My personal view is that it would be justifiable if it would strengthen the team that qualified.
What should the selectors do?
Maybe a long match could be arranged (as practice for both teams) between the England and Scotland Women's teams in advance of the Venice Trophy. Someone might be persuaded to donate a trophy for presentation to the winners, perhaps to be called the Bannockburn Bowl or Culloden Cup depending ...
What should the selectors do?
Given that she and her partner were bottom of the Butler results, I suspect not. Maybe she only played in the Open because she wasn't good enough for the Women's team?
What should the selectors do?
I seem to recall Chagas commenting many years ago that he and Assumpcao always played against the weak teams.
Bad Habits of Intermediates
Depends whether or not you have winged horses.
Gary Donner's bidding problem: K9872 98 A73 QJ5
If I were called to the table as an emergency substitute for the player who had died of heart failure having seen that he had accidentally passed on the first round, I would bid 2NT. Vulnerable at IMP and all that.
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