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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
Last Seen
Sept. 17
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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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Jeannie Fitzgerald's bidding problem: KT2 J82 A432 A86
I didn't overcall 1 or 2, so I can't have a penalty pass of the redouble. I therefore just wait for partner to bid his 5 card suit.
Karel de Raeymaeker's bidding problem: Tx Qx AJT87x T9x
If partner might have 16 or 17 points with 3=4=1=5 shape then I want this hand to be played in 3. But with this shape I see no need for opener to jump to 2 with fewer than 19 points - if responder passes 1 ...
Jeff Halle's bidding problem: Q942 AQJ72 A2 A8
I also remember reading about a hand where an expert (I think it was Bobby Wolff) with only the opponents vulnerable passed after 1 (1) with 17 points and KJT8x. He was diasppointed when it got passed out, but the story had a happy ending when he ...
The Impossible Two Spade Bid
Welland-Auken also appear to open 1 on 5M-3-3-2 hands. MOSSO (see my link above) adopts a compromise approach, whereby 1 is opened with 12-14 points and 5-3-3-2, but not 5-3-3-2. The 1NT response to 1 goes up to a ...
Jim Olson's bidding problem: AJ92 T73 K2 A964
I agree - my original 2=2=4=5 was just a typing error, which has now been corrected to 2=2=5=4. Of course with 2=2=4=5 responder would have raised clubs on the first round, even if the 1 opening might be based on a ...
Jim Olson's bidding problem: AJ92 T73 K2 A964
Partner's shape is something like 2=2=5=4.
Jeff Halle's bidding problem: Q942 AQJ72 A2 A8
My double assumes that a 1 response would show a 5+ card suit - if not I respond 1. I'm reluctant to pass because we might be able to make a slam.
Jon Derrick's bidding problem: AKQ2 J865 965 93
I wouldn't double even if I had passed originally.
The Impossible Two Spade Bid
Yes, the 2 rebid is also "impossible" after a 2 rebid, although I'm not convinced about the need to distinguish between 2- and 3-card support. I use the 2 rebid to show an invitational plus hand with a singleton (or void) heart and 2NT to show ...
The Impossible Two Spade Bid
This is my preferred treatment, although some of my 2/1 partners still prefer Bergen raises. This approach is also used in MOSSO.

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