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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Member Since
May 8, 2016
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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.

Country
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.
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Merih Dikbaş's bidding problem: JT52 K3 Q743 K65
For a hand that has used Stayman and raised 2 to 3, this is eminently suitable for 3NT.
Do you open either of these hands?
At the time when the book was written, Culbertson's Forcing Two was standard in the USA.
No Open World Championships Until 2024?
"In what way is this claim remotely consistent with the way in which the United States runs its teams trials?" And the relevance of this is what? Do you think that other countries don't hold extensive trials?
No Open World Championships Until 2024?
Justin, the format may technically be a zonal competition but no-one gives a damn which zone wins. What people focus on is which country wins. And one country currently has a major advantage over all the others in that its players do not have to go through a qualifying competition ...
Andy Eastwood's bidding problem: AJ972 KT854 J83 ---
Maybe it's a question of philosophy but I would bid 4 with Kxx Qxx AK10x QJx.
Ataman Aydogdu's bidding problem: Q3 AK9643 Q65 T3
In my view, 2NT is obvious over 2; second choice 3.
No Open World Championships Until 2024?
Ever since the inception of the BB seventy years ago, the USA has been guaranteed representation by at least one team. I do not see that this is any longer defensible.
Andy Eastwood's bidding problem: AJ972 KT854 J83 ---
Miles away from a game force in my view.
Ataman Aydogdu's bidding problem: Q3 AK9643 Q65 T3
Loth as I am to get into another argument with Eric, I regard this as a perfectly normal 1 bid. But I wouldn't have bid 3 or 3NT.
Alan Shillitoe's bidding problem: QJT6 5 QT63 Q932
I suspect that both sides may be going one down but it's too close to take the risk.
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