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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
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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 is expected to be published soon.

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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David Fraser's bidding problem: AKT4 --- KT532 8763
This hand is a point short of passing the rule of 22, but the AKK, two tens, 5-4-4-0 shape and convenient suit placement are all strong plus features. It's surely an opening bid in any standard system.
David Lin's bidding problem: A75 2 63 AKQJ862
One of the reasons for playing 2/1 GF is to avoid the need to make artificial rebids like 2 here.
Cuebid swap?
After a 1-level overcall Graham Sadie and I follow the transfer approach described in that book. When the overcaller bypasses a suit, advancer shows that suit by bidding the suit below. The support cue bid is therefore always the suit below overcaller's.
An inspiration from "size ask or clubs"
We respond a direct 4 with that sort of hand.
An inspiration from "size ask or clubs"
This is what I play with several partners and it's also part of our suggested approach for MOSSO (in which 1NT is the obligatory opening bid on all in-range 5-3-3-2 hands). In practice the advantages aren't nearly as great as those resulting from incorporating the size ask in ...
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: T765 AJT95 Q2 87
I've been told that when responder is 4-4 in the majors the chances of a 1NT opener having a 4 card major are about 63%. But I still don't take out 1NT with 4-4 in the majors.
Which Slam?
I can answer this question definitively because I sat North when the hand came up at the table. I was partnering Graham Sadie. I made the obvious overcall of 3NT and Graham eschewed the methods discussed above and made the practical leap to 6. I decided that if partner ...
Barry Plotkin's bidding problem: KT32 A842 KT52 A
With K badly placed and West liable to overruff dummy I take the cautious view and settle for 2.
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: T765 AJT95 Q2 87
If partner's going to "correct" 2 to 2 with 3=2 in the majors then I'd rather not use Stayman.
Missed game - who was more responsible
My system file with David Burn and Graham Sadie specifically mentions this sequence. (The material covers competitive bidding relating to MOSSO, but much of it is relevant for other systems.) The file states that East's 3 is mainly competitive and that he must bid 4 if he ...
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