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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
3 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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ACBL Ranking
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What is this double?
I would expect double of a conventional bid to be lead-directing without the need for discussion. "If I double without asking it's take out, but if I ask and am told "could be 2" it's lead directing" seems improper to me.
Gordon Rainsford's bidding problem: QJ54 85 KT74 J63
I've no idea what partner has - maybe he meant to open 2. Whatever he has, it's none of my business. I don't see why partner should necessarily have UI.
Paul D East's bidding problem: AQ K973 T952 AQ5
Is 2 forcing?
Sam Marks's bidding problem: A7 KT82 KQ74 A84
Agreed - passing 3 was ridiculous.
Delicate Probe
I think that one issue is that there will be circumstances when it is essential for West to give count. Trying to differentiate these from circumstances where it is pointless is quite difficult to do and at the same time maintain even tempo in defence.
Do you use forcing pass in this auction?
Definitely not. N-S were forced to 3 and there is no logical reason why they should be in a forcing position over 4.
I apologize for this question
If it doesn't show at least three clubs, it's alertable in England (you may be planning to visit).
Dustin Stout's bidding problem: AK93 --- QJ63 T8732
It's a close decision but I would not have opened this hand (with xxxx and QJ10xx I would have done). Like Kieran, I would not have passed over 2. Having got to this situation, it's no more than a guess and I guess to pass.
James Tyner's bidding problem: AKT8653 KT7 K 75
2 strikes me as running a risk: they might double and belatedly discover a save in 5.
What signal do you give?
What are our leading methods at Trick 1? Do our Smith methods include transferring the Smith signal to the third trick if the play to the second trick was constrained?
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