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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
Last Seen
Jan. 16
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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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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Tomislav šAšEk's bidding problem: Jxx xx AQTxx J9x
Playing Gazzilli 2 wasn't natural, so I need to bid 3 to show my diamond strength and weak clubs. I assume that opener's 2 rebid set up a game force.
Winston Chang's bidding problem: AT52 985 T8 K842
At the time of writing exactly half of the people voting would have jumped to 4 on the previous round. If it's not clear whether or not to bid game, how about hedging with 3 on the previous round?
10's or T's ?
One advantage of T over 10 is that you don't need to have spaces between the cards.
Benoit Lessard's bidding problem: J8xxx 8x A9 KTxx
I would need at least a queen more to overcall in this poor suit. It's true that overcalls aren't specifically lead directing, but partner will tend to lead our suit in the absence of an attractive alternative.
Anant Rathi's bidding problem: Jxx xxx x AK8xxx
Even at favorable vulnerability I would be reluctant to overcall 3 with 3 cards in both majors. And the hand is at least a queen short of a 2 overcall.
Ivars Bebrišs's bidding problem: T87 J9 T8752 J85
It sounds natural to me. Do you really want him to overcall 2 with something like AQJxx Ax Kxx AQx ?
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 63 AK52 AQT94 K6
Good controls, diamond intermediates, prime values: for me this hand is good enough to reverse. Also I prefer to avoid 1NT with 5-4-2-2 shape and a small doubleton if possible.
Anant Rathi's bidding problem: 7xx KJT8x --- KQT8x
For 2NT over 1 I prefer to have 5 hearts and 6 clubs. Also it might be better for us to play in spades.
Introduction to MOSSO: MOsca with Standard Spade Openings
I've just noticed a minor error near the bottom of page 5. The sequences 1-1-1-1 and 1-1-1M-2M both actually show 4-6 points, not 3-5 (which was the range in SWIFT). The sequences 1-1-1M-1NT show 4-7. (These ranges are just below the ...
Balazs Szegedi's bidding problem: AKQT8 J8 AK A984
Double. Over a 3 or 3 advance I'll rebid 3NT to express uncertainty.

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