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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
5 hours ago
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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How do you play the 2nd double?
"Partner, they've just bid my suit." If I had or , I'd just bid them.
Double of Their Strong NT Opening
I have. They sat, and I ran the suit.
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: AKQ 753 T7653 86
How do you rate your chances defending 3N? Overcall 1, [i]and they're never getting to 3N[/i].
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: AKQ 753 T7653 86
I don't remember the problem at all, but I see we found the same bid.
Poor overcall leads to poor game
Deep Finesse is a result merchant, and peeks.
Score adjustment against/ No score adjustment for my partnership?
You're right, I did miss the TOx. Barry said he was S's partner.
Card dropped on the floor
JimP has reminded me of a story, alleged to be true. In the 1960s, Emmanuel College, Cambridge received a letter of complaint from a lady who said that from the bus she could see a Naked Man bathing in the Fellows' open-air swimming pool. Curious, one of the dons put ...
Score adjustment against/ No score adjustment for my partnership?
South has clearly seen your overcalls before. I'd have bid game. FWIW, I'd have doubled 1.
18-19 HCP for 2NT rebid - why?
It's long baffled me as to why almost all strong 1 systems retain 2N as 21-22 (or thereabouts) BAL. Why use up two levels of bidding when you could start with 1* and do some investigating? (I like 2N=55 9-13. If you're looking ...
Asking Laws questions during the game
"Director! I am thinking of committing an irregularity. What would the penalty be?"

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