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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
7 hours 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.

Country
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.
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Ilya Kuzkin's bidding problem: AJ7643 --- AQ765 A9
You have play for 4 facing xxx xxxx xxx xxx. My concern in bidding 3 was that we might miss game when partner had a bad hand but the right cards.
Overtrick guess
Your last three examples are all flawed: the contract is cold on any trick 3 defence (in the second case, the play merely requires declarer to take ten top tricks; in the third case, why would declarer unblock a certain trick?).
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 5 AKQ7 AKJ3 Q974
I think that opening 1 with a 1=5=6=1 shape is distinctly eccentric. Assuming that you mean AKxxx x Q10xxxx A, I would open 1, not 1. Had I opened 1, I would bid 4NT over 3.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 5 AKQ7 AKJ3 Q974
I have also abstained, for two reasons. Firstly, partner's 4 bid should emphasise good diamonds; these he patently has not got. Secondly, the fact that I have responded 2 does not transform Q9xx into a first or second round control in the suit. RKCB was not a ...
David Parsons's bidding problem: Q2 KT QT8763 T43
Look at the voting!
Overtrick guess
I can see no reason for partner to have defended like this other than he had a doubleton ace of clubs - and if this was his holding, he had no better defence. Perhaps declarer's hand is QJxxx KQx Ax Jxx.
David Parsons's bidding problem: Q2 KT QT8763 T43
That doesn't mean that it didn't happen. The previous poll is no real help - look at the numbers who voted to make conventional bids that many would consider natural.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: T864 AQ97 7 KQ93
With all my high cards outside partner's long suits, this hand is not as good as it may first appear. I think that 3 is plenty.
Ilya Kuzkin's bidding problem: AJ7643 --- AQ765 A9
I can honestly say that Pass never occurred to me.
Benoit Lessard's bidding problem: K8x KTx K AQJT9x
I see a lot of 7 bids - I like 1NT.
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