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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
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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.

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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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Responding 2!c with exactly 4!s +4!c GF?
When I first played Kaplan Inversion in the 70's (with Precision) we used a simple approach: opener's 1NT rebid showed a limited hand with 4 spades. Nowadays (in MOSSO) opener's 1NT rebid is Gazzilli, showing either 4 spades or extra values. This makes much better use of ...
Responding 2!c with exactly 4!s +4!c GF?
If you use Gazzilli after 1-1 and 1-1NT then you have even more reason than usual to use Kaplan Inversion over a 1 opening.
2NT natural or not.
These are our rules about 2NT in competition. It is rarely natural and is often Lebensohl: 1. Unless game is positively unlikely, 2NT is used for weak hands and 3 of a lower suit shows values. This Lebensohl approach is consistent with Good-Bad 2NT. 2. If not, then 2NT shows ...
Responding 2!c with exactly 4!s +4!c GF?
I agree with Frances on both counts. In MOSSO we use Kaplan Inversion and 1M-2 is GF with either clubs or a balanced hand. 1-2 is even more suspect because it's GF with either diamonds or clubs (or both).
Nadav Trumer's bidding problem: --- AQJ9763 4 AQT72
Definitely!
Nadav Trumer's bidding problem: --- AQJ9763 4 AQT72
Even if partner has this hand one opponent is likely to have a spade or diamond overcall, or East would balance with a double. If partner is slightly stronger he'll give a courtesy raise to 3. You're going to lose out much more often if you make ...
Nadav Trumer's bidding problem: --- AQJ9763 4 AQT72
This hand is powerful in terms of playing strength, but a simple change of suit rebid is sufficient for two reasons. First, the opponents' silence means that 2 won't get passed out. Also, if you make a stronger rebid like 3 you could come unstuck because partner ...
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: J2 AKJT765 K93 4
4 could be the best contract even if partner is void in the suit.
How much extra is required for "seriousness"?
Frances Hinden e-mailed me her thoughts yesterday and suggested that I publish them on her behalf. They are certainly worth a read. Serious/non-serious can apply in multiple auctions where hands are more or less unlimited. Depending on the auction, the possible range may be for a non-serious will be ...
Mark Benson's bidding problem: 82 Q9532 AQ9 A73
I could ask for a redeal because a 3 seems to have strayed from another pack.
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