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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
Feb. 19
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.

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
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Director Please! Oops there aren't any.
In British English, it's usually partner who needs certifying rather than the director.
Buchwald on Bridge
Also Damon Runyon. See [url=]"Death Pays a Social Call"[/url].
Who was more at fault?
NS equally for not having properly discussed the sequence 1*(3). 1*(3)4 = 5M5 FG (4 asks for the major) 1*(3)4 = 55, nice hand just like over a 3 opener, and every other NF ...
Gradations of the Lawson Bidding Problem
I would double at IMPs on all of those hands after (1)P(2)P; P. (1)x could easily lead to a 500, 800 or 1100 error. Why bid? I'm not TOXing in second on a hand I wouldn't have opened (unless in range ...
Do we want to be in slam here?
South is playing with I don't know who.
Do we want to be in slam here?
"Who's dealer?" No - Who's South. (Take it from there.)
Getting down with the massive
Bruce Springsteen's sage advice on false preference: "Two Hearts Are Better Than One".
1NT or not?
If your CC says 1N 15-17 and you open this flat 17-count 1 because you think it's too good for 1N, you are not making full disclosure. Opponents have a right to know, and you have a duty to tell them.
What do I smell?
Well bid by NS. I agree with DC that 5 by E is neither milk nor water. I would have bid 6, and left opponents to untangle the mess. (The risk of 7 is that they might bid 7M, which no-one else is doing, and make it.)
David Corn's bidding problem: AKT987 AQ K93 A9
Interesting MP decision. If partner has a pulse, we're not making 4. It's difficult to construct a layout where 4-1 is a good save against 4 making. It's pretty much impossible to construct a layout where 4x-1 will score well. The choice is ...

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