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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 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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Greek gift?
What about a squeeze if either opponent has 4+ diamonds and K? Then you just need the diamond finesse. I realize that the opponents could have broken up the squeeze by switching to a diamond instead of a spade.
Meaning of 2NT rebid and high reverse opposite a 2-level negative double?
I agree that the term "high reverse" is something of a misnomer, but it's been around in the bridge literature for years and I thought it reasonable to use it in the title of this poll. The uk nofearbridge site uses the term "above the barrier" (of opener's ...
Marten La Haye's bidding problem: AKQ6 63 7 AKJT98
When you play any sort of "short club" responder needs to be able to show a club suit of his own when he has a good hand. When I play 2/1, our 2 response is natural and either invitational with no 4 card major, or game-going perhaps with ...
Always Match Points?
This is what happens at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club - unfortunately the attendance on Mondays and Wednesdays is often fewer than 5 tables.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 97 JT8754 Q8754 ---
2 isn't going to end the auction, so there's no need to jump. I'm expecting partner to rebid 2 or 2NT.
Péter Talyigás's bidding problem: AQ65 T AK32 AJ64
Even with a combined 26 points our side might not make game, so I'll risk a non-forcing 2 because I'll be well placed if partner continues. This would be a good hand for Gazzilli.
Tollemache Trouble
Yes, it's called Odwrotka. There are several variants that might have slightly different names. In MOSSO (partly based upon Polish Club) we don't splinter on game-going hands after 1-1M. We just play 1-1-3 and 1-1R-3 as mini-splinters. Using Odwrotka instead of splinters ...
Transfers after 2-level overcall with major-suit raises
My two most regular partners and I play transfers after 1 (2), 1 (2M), 1M (2M) and 1M (2OM). We don't play them after 1M (2) because there's less to gain. In MOSSO we also play then after 1 (2) and 1 ...
Péter Talyigás's bidding problem: A652 J A863 AKQ7
With the opponents being vulnerable it's fairly clear-cut to pass, since defending 1 is likely to give us a good result. I'll also be well-placed if somebody bids hearts.
Play 6H
At either table there's a good case for leading Q from hand at trick 2. This nearly always makes the contract if hearts are 2-2, or if they're 3-1 with a 4-3 club break.

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