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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
9 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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Richard Fleet's bidding problem: A32 K QT32 KQJT5
FWIW, I'm with the 2NT bidders.
What does double mean here?
It depends on the hand, Mike. Assuming a minimum range hand, with good hearts, I would certainly rebid the suit rather than introduce a minor.
Another question on a director call
It's hardly a likely situation. But if declarer thinks that there are no cards left in the suit, it's perfectly rational to play the 2 first. A more likely scenario: declarer has 42 left and thinks that they are both winners; but an opponent has the 3.
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: AT3 AJ6 943 AQ73
I thought this a more attractive 1NT bid over 1 than over 1 (over which I would pass); wrong again!
Another question on a director call
The thought of hugging - or being hugged by - DALB has quite spoilt my appetite.
What does double mean here?
When did opener get the opportunity to make a support double?
Another question on a director call
It has always been my view that, if someone believes all his cards to be winners, it would be neither careless or inferior to play these cards in the most disadvantageous order. In the case that you have cited, declarer loses all the tricks.
Another question on a director call
Maybe dummy had failed to play to a previous trick. I was once "squeezed" in a situation where it was impossible because dummy had retained a card which should have been played earlier.
Mike Bell's bidding problem: J8765 96 T3 Q432
So responder was - KQxx KQJ10xxx Ax. I suspect that it would have gone the same way had he been 0=3=7=3 with opener being 2=4=3=4.
James Huntington's bidding problem: AJ65 T73 972 T75
I would use puppet if playing it, primarily because I would like to play 5-4 spades; less excited by 4-4, though you make a good point.
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