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Frances Hinden
Frances Hinden
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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3 hours ago
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Bridge Player
about me

I'm based near London, England and fit as much bridge as I can round my day job working in corporate treasury. I'm also vice-chairman of the EBU Laws & Ethics Committee. I play a complex system but find defence and declarer play more interesting than 'assign the blame' bidding problems.

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Twice winner of the British Gold Cup and the Camrose, won the English Premier League and the Spring Foursomes. I sometimes play on the English Open team and reached the QF of the 2016 Olympiad
Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton
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The Next Step
Signals are not discards, so no, they don’t refer to ‘any of these’
You be the judge(classier than ATB I think)
There were two really bad bids, one bad call, and some calls I disagree with but aren't dreadful. North's 2NT instead of 3 was a really bad bid. If partner wants to get to 3NT opposite Qx of diamonds, they can bid 3 over 3 ...
You be the judge(classier than ATB I think)
Playing that a 1S rebid shows 5+ clubs is standard in England (and virtually unknown in Norway). 'Uncommon' depends on where you live, as is often the case.
Question regarding missing information behind screens
Exactly. That's why the WBF regulation doesn't ask the declaring side to do this. It has the downside that the defending side have to work out for themselves after the fact that they received different explanations.
The Next Step
Odd-Even signals are not allowed in the ACBL either.
Question regarding missing information behind screens
Ken, the ACBL reg does violate the principle, and does potentially create all sorts of extraneous information (some of it A, some of it U). If you think that's worth the cost, then fine, but there is definitely a cost.
Question regarding missing information behind screens
The problem is that UI can be creating for the (originally) non-offending side. This is explicitly acknowledged in the ACBL screen regulations: "In cases where one side's explanations were different as a result of the other side giving different explanations of their own calls, the director shall protect the ...
Question regarding missing information behind screens
Just to be clear, Kit's suggested remedy at the top of the thread is not actually what the ACBL screen regulations say. "..the declaring side is strongly encouraged to confirm explanations given on the two sides of the screen if there is any possibility those explanations might have been ...
You be the judge(classier than ATB I think)
"After 2NT aren't you expecting North to have 4=1=3=5 distribution. Why push a likely 5-3 club fit?" Because Qxxx x Qxx AQ10xx makes 6, and partner is allowed to have more than that.
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
The first sentence seems the relevant one for the play in 6. I finesse, because it guarantees the contract.
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