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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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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
Not a member
ACBL Ranking
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
A curiosity
I think it quite a strange action to raise clubs with a completely balanced hand and only three trumps, particularly when there is an attractive alternative in the shape of a penalty double of the 1NT overcall. I'm not convinced of the value of stating that 3NT by N-S ...
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: A7 T642 943 K743
Maybe. Pakistan were leading going into the final set but it hadn't gone that well for them.
Andy Bowles's bidding problem: AKT83 A4 854 JT5
Partner would open 1 with that hand; if he failed to do so, I think that he should bid 3 on the second round.
Andy Bowles's bidding problem: AKT83 A4 854 JT5
Partner is a passed hand so could have bid a long suit without creating a force.
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: A7 T642 943 K743
Zia held this hand and doubled. The contract went two down and he had to double to win the match (Rosenblum semi-final 1986).
How do you defend?
Draft ACBL Novice Chart - Request for Comments
The strong artificial 2 opening is earlier than 1936. It was a feature of the "Official System" which dates back to 1931.
The ruling and appeal that weren't
My interpretation follows my consistent line in 4SF sequences: if it can logically be interpreted as a natural bid, it is one. 5SF only applies if the bid cannot logically be natural (e.g. 1-1-2-2-3; the logical interpretation of 4 in this sequence is ...
How do you defend?
Do people really lead from AJ97 or AQ97 against this auction? OK, little reason. The only reason for playing Q is in case declarer has the J in his hand and accidentally plays it.
1!s or 2!c
It looks to me as though you can always make 10 tricks but I'm not an infallible analyst and I don't have DF.
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