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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Writer
about me

Until 8 years ago I was a software engineer and safety consultant, but now I'm a part-time bridge writer.  I provide much of the material for the nofearbridge websites, notably the "hand of the day" feature for which I've supplied more than 2000 declarer and defence problems.

Although based in the UK I've never really enjoyed playing Acol.  I'm a firm believer in strong NT with 5 card majors and play Two over One with many of my partners.  With my most regular partners I play a home-grown system known as MOSSO, about which a two-volume book has recently been published.

Country
United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Sadie, David Burn.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
BBO Username
rgba3
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Question about a double
I agree with the above interpretation, but I voted for "takeout".
Richard Granville's lead problem: Q KT863 AT65 876
Yes, please assume that.
John McAllister's bidding problem: Q7643 43 AQ8 KT3
When responding to a balancing takeout double of 1 of a suit, I use the "principle of the transferred king". Doubler can be a king weaker than in direct seat, so advancer needs an extra king for any constructive bid. Without K I would advance with 1NT over a direct ...
count discards
Or the reverse of the above. The important issue is to have flexibility.
count discards
What do you do if you have KQJ alone in a suit?
count discards
In general my first discard is reverse attitude, subsequent discards are reverse count. Whether I encourage a suit or discourage a suit on this hand clearly depends upon what I see in dummy.
A story goes with it
It's the 1 opening that was weird. 1NT is the automatic opening on West's hand.
Are tablets the great enablers of live bridge tournaments?
I also used the "lovebridge" tablet system when I visited Budapest last November. I quickly became accustomed to the setup and was very impressed. In practice the tablets were allocated to tables rather than players so the system doesn't address the issue of virus infection, but perhaps it could ...
Richard Granville's lead problem: J8 K9832 KJ93 J9
Indeed. One would expect the auction to start 1-2 playing 2/1.
Richard Granville's lead problem: J8 K9832 KJ93 J9
The 1 opening might have been a balanced 12-14, 18-20 or 23+ or a hand with 5+ clubs and 4 spades (13+). Both of these possibilities were eliminated by opener's third bid of 2. For further details see http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/introduction-to-mosso-mosca-with-standard-spade-openings/
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