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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
Last Seen
July 20
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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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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3NT Overcall over Pre-empt. Methods?
With some of my partners I play 4 = range/type enquiry, 4 = Flint (transfer to 4, followed by signoff in a suit), 4M/5m as invitational.
David Parsons's bidding problem: K853 A T86 JT843
I play a 1 level change of suit as forcing, so I could bid 1S in case partner has a strong hand. But even opposite 17-18 points game might still be a struggle.
Steven Allen's lead problem: Q74 876532 Q8 K6
East's longest suit will be a minor, so a spade lead isn't a blind guess. I accept that it might sometimes give away the vital trick.
Rowland Reeves's bidding problem: J97 AJT A2 AT742
The 5 card suit and two tens easily justify the upgrade to a 1NT opening.
Tolga Pezük's bidding problem: AKQ AKQT98 Txx K
Does non-serious 3NT apply here? If so there's a case for bidding more than 4.
David Parsons's bidding problem: 9 Q654 AK8 AQJ94
As far as I can deduce from the EBU Blue Book (of permitted understandings) Weak Jump Shifts do not need to be alerted in England. (This might be a recent change, as a few years ago a director ruled that I was wrong when I failed to alert.)
James Huntington's bidding problem: A6 AKQ75432 --- Q86
If the opening bid had been 1 or 1 I would have jumped to 4 of opener's suit to show this type of hand (with either major).
David Parsons's bidding problem: 9 Q654 AK8 AQJ94
I rather naively assumed that BWS used weak jump shifts at the 2 level, so responder's actual sequence would be showing reasonable values. Indeed I wondered whether my vote for 2NT was sufficiently encouraging. When I discovered that 2NT was a distinctly minority choice I decided to check BWS ...
David Parsons's bidding problem: Q43 KQJT J6 AKQJ
I've had a look at BWS 2017 and can't find any guidance about raises with balanced hands that are too strong for a 1NT opening. I'm therefore voting for what I would bid with my 2/1 partners, i.e. 3 to show 18-19 balanced. This ...
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: KJ92 A732 T97 T2
I think that opener is showing at least reversing values but not necessarily game forcing values. So 2 is forcing for one round and Lebensohl applies.

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