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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Writer
about me

Until 8 years ago I was a software engineer and safety consultant, but now I'm a part-time bridge writer.  I provide much of the material for the nofearbridge websites, notably the "hand of the day" feature for which I've supplied more than 2000 declarer and defence problems.

Although based in the UK I've never really enjoyed playing Acol.  I'm a firm believer in strong NT with 5 card majors and play Two over One with many of my partners.  With my most regular partners I play a home-grown system known as MOSSO, about which a two-volume book has recently been published.

Country
United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Sadie, David Burn.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
BBO Username
rgba3
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None
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They've all got it
No, if partner lacks J then the contract makes whatever I do.
They've all got it
As South, I did think of leading a spade honour instead of a low one, but thought that low would be best if partner held A. But even without this, the suicide squeeze would still have been a joint effort. I could have forced David to play Q at trick ...
New suit at the 3 level by responder after two level interference - your agreements?
Ditto
A field day for the heat
In practice David's team-mates were playing a 12-14 1NT opening. Does that affect any of the reasoning shown above?
1!H-2!S/2NT inversion
Opposite a MOSSO 1 opening 2 is inv+ with 4+ hearts and 2NT is Bergen-style, showing a hand too weak for a limit raise and too strong for a pre-emptive double raise. This approach works very well for us and might also be applicable to 2/1. It ...
Idea for An Unassuming Club
Or perhaps MOSSO https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/introduction-to-mosso-mosca-with-standard-spade-openings/ . You can't just tack this convention onto a natural system. For a start the 1 opening would have to be 100% forcing.
Question about a double
I agree with the above interpretation, but I voted for "takeout".
Richard Granville's lead problem: Q KT863 AT65 876
Yes, please assume that.
John McAllister's bidding problem: Q7643 43 AQ8 KT3
When responding to a balancing takeout double of 1 of a suit, I use the "principle of the transferred king". Doubler can be a king weaker than in direct seat, so advancer needs an extra king for any constructive bid. Without K I would advance with 1NT over a direct ...
count discards
Or the reverse of the above. The important issue is to have flexibility.
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