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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
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March 23
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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 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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Transfers after 1m-1M-2m - more details
Apologies - I copied the requirements for 1-1-2-2 from my system book, which was also wrong. The correct meaning for the sequence is: Either 6+ spades with 8+ points or 5 spades with about 11+ points (i.e. invitational plus). Denies 4 hearts or 5 diamonds. So ...
Transfers after 1m-1M-2m - more details
Art: thank you for pointing out the above issues, which are now all fixed. They were all cut-and-paste errors, whereby I used early pages as a starting point for some later pages and didn't make all of the required changes. Apologies for the confusion.
Transfers after 1m-1M-2m - more details
Thanks - now fixed.
Deb Dhar's bidding problem: QT943 AT97 97 43
North might well have a singleton heart and a 5 card minor, which he'll probably lead instead of his partner's suit. Thus I don't let my heart length put me off transferring into spades.
Nicholas France's bidding problem: AK52 A732 Q84 A4
With my most regular partner I would bid 2NT to show a maximum, 4 spades and a heart feature. 3 would show a minimum with 4 spades. But I'll keep things simple with a pickup partner. How do other partnerships play transfer breaks over a 15-17 1NT opening?
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: 943 KQT64 Q85 QT
Abstain. What's 2 supposed to mean? Did East actually bid something different?
Georgiana Gates's bidding problem: K QT53 AK42 AKJ2
If partner responds 1 to my takeout double I'm quite prepared to rebid 1NT to show 19-21 points.
Andy Caranicas's bidding problem: J43 AQT2 K9853 9
Double is surely for takeout. Partner's clubs might be good enough for him to pass. If he has only 4 clubs his shape will be 4=1=4=4, in which case we'll find our diamond fit. 2 by me would be 4SF, therefore GF.
Georgiana Gates's bidding problem: K QT53 AK42 AKJ2
Despite our 20 points I can't see our side making very much if partner couldn't act over 1.
Dorn Bishop's bidding problem: KT852 KJ53 A6 KJ
I make a takeout double. When I remove 2 to 2 partner will realize that I have extras. Double also gains (a lot) when partner can pass for penalties.

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