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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
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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

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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Péter Talyigás's bidding problem: KQ83 6543 AQ82 J
I could hardly have a less suitable hand for slam, so I just sign off in 5.
Peter Hasenson's bidding problem: AQ863 KQ95 632 4
4 (either now or a round earlier) is so obvious that I assume that the question is related to a bidding misunderstanding by NS.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: 8 AQ97 Q62 AQJ86
I'm not at all tempted. There's a fair chance that our side can't make anything. If we can, there's a fair chance that partner will act.
It seems pointless to play either serious or non-serious when one hand has already been closely limited by the preceding auction. 3NT should either be an offer to play (in most cases) or have a well-defined conventional meaning unrelated to strength.
The same might be applicable if the meaning of 3NT isn't clear.
Richard Granville's bidding problem: A953 QJT42 9 K72
Eric: you're close. See my comment below.
Richard Granville's bidding problem: A953 QJT42 9 K72
There was a 13 IMP swing in all four matches. There's a large majority vote for the unsuccessful 6. Should North overcall 5? Perhaps not, but if he doesn't then NS lose 15 or 16 IMP instead of ...
I agree - other people have also made the point that non-serious 3NT or 3M+1 gives away less information than when these bids are serious.
I asked a similar question more than 5 years ago, but being fairly new to BW at the time I published an article rather than a poll. Even so, it seems that non-serious was more popular at that time. I now play non-serious 3NT ...
Overcalling a Weak Two with 3m on a 5 card suit
The diagram already indicates that both sides are vulnerable. I don't know how the form of scoring might make a difference, but for the record the hand came up in a 20 VP teams match.

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