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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
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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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Opening 1NT with 4-5 touching suits and an unstopped doubleton
MOSSO is a strong NT system and it copes quite well. You can just open your 5 card minor and rebid it to show 13-17 points (i.e. a queen more than "standard"). So with 2=4=5=2 or 2=2=4=5 you would tend only to open ...
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: AT3 AJ6 943 AQ73
My hand isn't very attractive, but it's a bidder's vulnerability.
Jenish Shah's bidding problem: QJT98 K8 Q87643 ---
I don't care about the opponents' system or the strength of the field - I just describe my hand.
Jay Barronen's bidding problem: 8 AT987 AK2 QJ85
Jay: can you remind us of the definition of "playing points"? If using my yardstick of high cards in reserve, how much do you require for a serious bid?
Jay Barronen's bidding problem: 8 AT987 AK2 QJ85
My definition of "non-serious" is "no more than a king in reserve for one's previous bidding". Serious therefore means at least an ace in reserve. Here we're maximum for our non-serious 3, so I'm worth another try. By the way, if partner's 2 could ...
Ian Grant's bidding problem: AKQ84 AK82 AK9 2
Why is this a problem?
Başak Ikizkaya's bidding problem: --- --- AAAAAA AAAAAAA
Even if we have a spade fit we might not make as many as eleven tricks.
James Carpenter's bidding problem: 7 J6 A763 AQJT42
Redouble shows 2 spades in my book. Since I can't bid clubs naturally I pass, planning to reopen with 2C if South rebids 1NT and North passes.
Alert the Polish Club sequence 1!C-1!D-1!H ?
If you alert all of these bids then the alert becomes meaningless and unnecessarily intrusive. In that case David Burn's comment above (in the thread started by Frances Hinden) would be even more applicable. In MOSSO the sequence 1-1(Kaplan)-1NT is Gazzilli showing spades or 17 ...
Alert the Polish Club sequence 1!C-1!D-1!H ?
Even though it's not part of EBU regulations, we normally pre-alert our 1 opening to opponents who haven't played against MOSSO before.

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