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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
Last Seen
8 hours ago
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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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Richard Granville's bidding problem: J72 J6 AKQ54 AJ6
You're right: Can you blame West for leading a diamond? After 10 and 8 won the first two tricks I had an easy run to ten tricks. Even the best defence of a low spade lead and a diamond switch would ...
For those of a certain age
RF: Yes, I remember overcalling 1NT on a balanced 0-count at favourable after partner had passed. He put down two kings but both aces were over them, so we gained 5 IMP for -1300 against +1470 in 6NT+1. I was inspired by something that Terence Reese had written (can ...
André Marx's bidding problem: 7 KQ8743 A962 K2
Even thinking about bidding is an overbid. We could already be too high.
Bridge online tutorials for beginners?
No Fear Bridge is (as the name suggests) a fun bridge learning site for beginners and improvers. There are interactive tutorials for beginners plus numerous practice hands for declarer and defense play at various levels of difficulty. Also quizzes and practice on bidding and leads. Go to ...
David Parsons's bidding problem: QT86 A8 J64 AK97
Pass. I use the principle of the transferred king in this situation and I would not have forced to game without K opposite a takeout double in direct seat. In my book the cue bid is only forcing to suit agreement and not to game. Opposite AJxx Qxxx Kx xxx ...
Nigel Kearney's bidding problem: AQ Q864 Q62 9872
Double. In my book this is for penalties, but suggesting only 4 hearts.
Krishnan Ramaratnam's bidding problem: xxx AJ AKJTx J9x
Partner's shape might well be 2=4=2=5, in which case 4 could be our best contract.
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: KQ542 AQ97 J863 ---
When I play 2/1 I use the sequences 1-1M-3 to show 18-19 balanced with 4 card support. 1-1-3 would be available as a mini-splinter. But in MOSSO these three sequences are all defined as mini-splinters because opener can safely force to game by rebidding ...
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: KQ542 AQ97 J863 ---
You don't need serious or non-serious 3NT in this auction as opener has closely limited his hand.
Stuart King's bidding problem: AQT9 AJ85 T876 8
Same for me. But I use this in conjunction with 2-way Checkback (2C Puppet to 2D with subsequent bids invitational, 2D GF Checkback), which is vastly superior to simple Checkback.

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