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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
2 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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Legal Aid Requested
I have no forcing means of raising clubs. With the distributions in question, and if not simply bidding a large number of clubs, I would bid 1M as the "least lie" natural bid. I would not bid 1.
BW 2/1: What is 2/1?
Interesting. On the basis of 21 months indoctrination on this site, I would assume strong NT and five-card majors. But inverted minors would never occur to me without specific agreement.
David Coles's bidding problem: Axx AQJxxx Axx x
This hand feels too good for 2M and I'd prefer a better-impleted suit for 3. 2 is a hedge.
The Best Bridge Writer
Although some of his ideas haven't stood the test of time, Squire was way ahead of anyone else in England in the development of natural bidding.
Daisuke Sugimoto's bidding problem: AKT9 K6 KJT6 A84
I must be getting colour blind - I could have sworn that we were vulnerable. I've changed my bid.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 5 AKQ7 AKJ3 Q974
It's a question of interpretation. So far as I am concerned, 3 and 4 are natural and descriptive, not control bids.
Peter Lipp's bidding problem: AKT JT543 7 AK96
I don't think that 4 is appropriate with such bad hearts.
Daisuke Sugimoto's bidding problem: AKT9 K6 KJT6 A84
You need a philosophy about such situations. Either you bid 3NT with a strong balanced hand or you don't - but whatever you decide upon, stick to it. I chose 3NT on this hand because I expect a vulnerable 3 bid to deliver something of value. Non-vulnerable I would ...
The Best Bridge Writer
It's a pity that Design for Bidding was not edited and proof-read properly before being published - Jack Marx told me that the version that made its way into print was not much more than a draft. But I'm still glad that I have a copy.
The Best Bridge Writer
I haven't seen, much less read, Watson for many years. I have seen comments to the effect that some of the content is inaccurate (I stress that I am in no position to judge). One book on card play that is accurate (and an edition with updated bidding has ...
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