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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
45 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am retired both from full-time work and from tournament bridge.  My main bridge interest is researching the history of the tournament game in England: the first (and possibly only) instalment, covering the period up to the end of WW2, was published on the EBU website in December 2016.

My first serious bridge partner was Richard Granville and he suggested that I sign up to this site.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the South-West Lancashire knock-out teams event as a very raw schoolboy some 45 years ago - our opponents in the final were far stronger and more experience players, including two who went on to win the English National Pairs.
Bridge Accomplishments
I've won a few national events and represented England on several occasions. My main accomplishment might well be either winning the main team event at the EBU summer meeting in partnership with my (now ex) wife or surviving an unbeaten partnership of 160 boards with Tony Forrester.
Regular Bridge Partners
None at present.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
None at present.
Favorite Tournaments
The Lederer Memorial, with which I was involved as organiser, player or commentator for about 30 years.
Favorite Conventions
The Kokish 2H rebid after 2C-2D. I would rather prefer to play without any conventions but some are essential and this is one. I would classify the Kempson 2C or 2D response to 1NT in the same category.
BBO Username
Not a member
ACBL Ranking
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
What should the selectors do?
This is about selection; nothing to do with bridge.
What should the selectors do?
Have you posted this in the right place?
What should the selectors do?
In the case of the 2018 Open Team, Forrester and Robson were pre-selected. A pairs trial was held to select the other two pairs, with the first two pairs being guaranteed selection.
What should the selectors do?
As Mrs Thatcher was wont to say, I refer the honourable gentleman to the reply that I gave previously.
What should the selectors do?
First time over 200; I'm not in Clive's class.
What should the selectors do?
Timo asked when England finished in the first three and I was responding to that question.
The cost of a bridge game
"Bridge needs to be run as a business not as a non-profit. It needs professionals and professionalism." Why?
Awkward fourth suit forcing auction
Whilst I agree that 4 logically shows 1=3=5=4 with extras, I am wary of bidding it on this hand for two reasons. Firstly, it takes up a lot of bidding space (maybe that won't much matter). Secondly, if partner's reason for bidding 2 ...
A list of "Just bridge" situations
Also Law 1A "A. Rank of Cards and Suits Duplicate Bridge is played with a pack of 52 cards, consisting of 13 cards in each of four suits. The suits rank downward in the order spades (♠), hearts (♥), diamonds (♦), clubs (♣). The Cards of each suit rank downward in the order Ace ...
What should the selectors do?
England has never been in the first three of the BB. The best performance was second in the 2008 Olympiad (as I always think of it, whatever its actual name may have been). Great Britain won the Bermuda Bowl in 1955, was second in 1987 and third in 1950 (three ...
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