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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
12 minutes 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 in 1971 - our opponents in the final were far stronger and more experienced 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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ACBL Ranking
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2019 European Open Championship (Update)
Selecting well in advance doesn't seem to work for everything:
Juraj Kvocek's bidding problem: J95 AKJ8763 Q62 ---
I have voted for 1 but don't object strongly to 4.
In the dark. (ACBL)
Agreed. Even in the case of the most common conventions, variation is still possible.
David Parsons's bidding problem: AQT K A973 KQ762
The key point as I see it is that 2, 2NT and 3 are all non-forcing (EDIT to add the last three words) and hence descriptive.
Steve Zolotow's bidding problem: K2 AKT653 763 92
You have a hand with decent defence (2½ honour tricks) and a good six card suit. Its playing strength places it significantly above average. What is there not to like?
Poker anyone?
A partner of mine (Steve Lodge) once took an age in playing what should have been a straightforward 3NT: his objective, duly achieved, was to win the last four tricks in his hand with four tens.
Play 6H
If the hearts are 4-0, isn't it better to play the Q rather than the A?
Stefan Olausson's bidding problem: --- Q8 AKJT743 Q642
I can see the argument for blasting and also the argument for trying to have a discussion. On this occasion, I choose the latter (4 is a fit jump).
David Parsons's bidding problem: AQT K A973 KQ762
I don't see that the comment in BWS relating to an uncontested auction is helpful here.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: 75 AJ5 965 AQ976
The idea of rebidding 2 Kokish when opener is 5332 with 5 spades is not appealing.
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