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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

English county-class bridgeplayer; or, rather, I was, when playing often enough to stay sharp. Favourite methods (1) a home-grown strong Diamond, and (2) Acol. I firmly believe that strong NT and (especially) 2/1 are inventions of the Devil.

Country
United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Discovering, in real-life play, a one-loser smother play which seems never to have been written up. Least favorite bridge memory: going for 800 in 2Sx on that hand, rather than 1100.
Bridge Accomplishments
Knocked the holders out of the Gold Cup 40 years ago, and.lost in the next round. Finished in the top five a time or two in the EBU Summer Congress Swiss Pairs.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Coventry and North Warwickshire
Favorite Tournaments
EBU Summer Congress Swiss Pairs
Favorite Conventions
Strong Diamond
ACBL Ranking
None
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The 25 HCP Deck
I strongly approve of the 2 overcall. Shape must get in there fast, and mix it up. I don't like slow accurate auctions by opponents. I approve even more strongly of 4. We have a 9-card fit; we're not going to get badly hurt; for all ...
Request from book publisher: can you identify man on the right please
I only played on the Continent once - Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, ca. 1980. (We'd won a free entry in that long-gone B&H competition.) Before the first board of a pairs event, the chief TD went on and on in German at great length about the prestige of the competition, and its history, and the prize money, and the titled people and the champion bridge players who were present, or who had been present at past events; nothing about the conditions of contest, of course. During this performance, after several minutes, one of our German-speaking opponents constructed a sentence in a language foreign to him, and ...
How do you play this?
No-one yet seems to have voted for Gerber. Strange, that.
Ruling
Were EW getting to the lucky 4 without the confused intervention? or even with no intervention at all? On a 5-3 fit and a combined 21-count? Nope. Should N have bid again after by 2 by S? S is a passed hand - let's hope we go plus ...
Where did East-West go wrong on this hand?
Agree about the 6th card, that ties in with my post just above. However, I think that W's xx should show 5-5 any strength: the immediate priority is to get out of 2x.
Schrödinger's Dummy Rights
Some years ago, in EBULand: Card called from dummy. "You're in your hand." Attempted lead from hand. "Director!" Aggrieved chuntering by declarer until the purple jacket (who, as it happens, posted on this site yesterday) arrived. "'You're in your hand' called attention to an irregularity and was a ...
Messy bridge 5.2 - Stupid system
Win at once, close your eyes and take the hook. If behave, you're home. If they don't, ducking T1 will cost you an extra undertrick if they shift to a then back to . Decide that in future you will support a known 5-bagger with ...
Where did East-West go wrong on this hand?
I'm not saying the hand is easy, or that Michaels in passout seat is a good idea, but it seems clear that the meanings of E's bids over 2x had never been discussed. Partner has asked you to choose between one of two 5-card suits. If you ...
Is this forcing?
2 has to be a one-round force? Are you serious? How would you bid Axxxx Qxxxx xxx -?
A "What's this double?" from the world junior online championship
It is a pity that so little rubber or Chicago is played nowadays. Money players everywhere would welcome into their school anyone who wandered in with 2 on Kxxx A108xx x Q98 after 1 on their left with open arms and expectant wallets. Yes I know juniors and ...
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