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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
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Feb. 19
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Bridge Writer
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Until 5 years ago I was a software engineer and safety consultant, but now I'm a part-time bridge writer.  I have devised most of the declarer and defence problems on the nofearbridge websites and I also provide assistance in other areas.

Although based in the UK I've never really enjoyed playing Acol.  I'm a firm believer in 5 card majors and have played Precision, Two over One and, more recently, a variant of Fantunes.

United Kingdom

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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BW 2/1: 1!d-2!c-2!D
When I play 2/1 I play 1-2NT and 1-3 as natural and invitational. 1-2-2 shows virtually any hand with 5+ diamonds - as Benoit says, this is appropriate from the point of view of bidding space.
Ian Rowlands's bidding problem: --- AQ AK643 AK8732
Partner's negative double said nothing about diamonds, so our reverse into 3 must be forcing.
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: Jxx AQx KJT9 A8x
Over a Michaels 2 or 2 I prefer to play 3 as "pass or correct" and 2NT as showing interest in game. Using this approach partner's 3 shows a minimum, so I settle for 3.
Can this sequence exist?
Yes, I've experienced sequences like this at club level. These players often forget to make 2nd or 3rd round takeout doubles and make risky bids instead.
Richard Granville's bidding problem: AQ986 K2 Q2 T743
Thanks - I was hoping to receive some comments on what the double should be showing. Any other views?
Passing a redouble
Agree with Barry - you can't have a penalty pass of a support redouble at the 1 level having failed to overcall. It's also pretty unlikely at the 2 level.
Passing a redouble
I would treat the pass over this redouble as for penalties. Doubler's partner could easily have four or five good hearts on this sequence.
Passing a redouble
I play that a pass over (1x) dbl (rdbl) shows "nothing to say", similar to the second option in the poll. All other passes over a redouble (including (1x) pass (pass) dbl (rdbl)) are for business.
William Campbell's bidding problem: AQ8743 A42 63 Q9
Richard: I think that you've understood the 3NT bid correctly (even though I don't think that you've ever played the non-serious 3NT). Your second paragraph is just right. It doesn't show no interest in slam at all, since opener would bid 4 with that hand.
BW 2/1: Opener's "High Reverse"
Maybe there's a case for a high reverse into 3 to be more restrictive than a high reverse into 3.

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