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Michael Hargreaves
Michael Hargreaves
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 5, 2013
Last Seen
June 3
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Canadian player living in Victoria, B.C. Back playing after 4+ years not playing. 3 time Canadian Open Team champion.


As declarer, have gone down 12 undoubled tricks in a slam, and 10 undoubled at the 4-level: clearly i could have either bid or played the hands differently.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
The first time we won the Canadian team a 4 player team....profoundly tired....and then the feeling that spread thru my body after we finished comparing scores on the last segment.
Bridge Accomplishments
3 canadian team championship titles
Regular Bridge Partners
michael roche
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
used to be the CNTC event.
Favorite Conventions
2/1 with relay, but nobody plays it:)
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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System over Strong 2!c
I play 2H denies an Ace or King. I also play that 2D is a catch-all response, with other positives being simple hands. 2S is a balanced 8-11, 2N shows a good 5+ major suit, and will not be 2-suited nor have significant extras. 3m is a good suit, again ...
Attitude or Count?
I may be oversimplifying, but to me the answer is obvious. Why did we lead the club Ace? We know we did so in order to be able to give partner a ruff. More importantly, partner knows this as well. Can anyone imagine any other reason for leading dummy’s ...
Defend 3N with me
I wouldn't select between 1 and 2, were I to consider either (and I am still thinking) until I knew what partner played under the Ace. IOW, were I to conclude that it were best to win the 8 and then the Ace, Id be looking to partner to ...
Which is standard and which is better?
The original scheme seems wrong to me. After 1S (2N) we seem to have to choose, with hearts, either gf or constructive I’ve been playing 3C as invitational or better in hearts, and 3H as constructive. In theory, having 1H (2N) 3S as constructive should be sub-optimal but (maybe ...
Does a 2!c response to 1!d opening deny a 4+ card major?
To which you could well have replied: why would I want to?
Does a 2!c response to 1!d opening deny a 4+ card major?
The poll questions are weird. Where is the option that ‘I play that responding 2C to 1D says nothing yet about my major suits, other than that clubs is my longest suit and this is expert standard when 2C is gf’
Poll: Did you find this site’s April Fool’s joke funny?
My take on why the ‘joke’ was insensitive and inappropriate is that it was made against a backdrop of many, many people (almost all of a particular political persuasion) claiming that the virus concerns were a hoax. Younger idiots were holding corona virus parties. Preachers were packing churches. Presidents were ...
Bidding Improvement With Weak NT?
I’ve played this with 10-12 and 11-14: 2C is stayman, usually less than gf. 2D all gf hands, other than hands where we intend to Texas or both minors The trick is the response structure to 2D. 2H denies hearts, may have spades 2S shows hearts, denies spades 2N ...
Fast Spingold
Mike: what part of my post suggests that I endorse deliberately slow play? Btw, I have never encountered what I took as intentional slow play. What I have encountered, and what I have tried to learn from,is careful analysis of complex problems. I still remember the first time I ...
Fast Spingold
I have no problem with enforcing time limits in match point or BAM events, but not in extended team matches. For me, the attraction of a long KO match against good opponents is the chance to apply whatever ability I have with, virtually, no time constraints. I get to play ...
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