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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
Last Seen
March 28
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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 has recently been published.

United Kingdom

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Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Sadie, David Burn.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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Richard Granville's bidding problem: AK83 J AQ653 764
When I held this hand at the table my thinking was the same as Tom's. In practice it was Richard who diagnosed partner's shape correctly. 3 would have been one down and partner was lucky to get out for one down in 3.
Mason Barge's bidding problem: J9852 Q3 KQ87 53
Whether to bid 2 or pass depends upon your style. My 1NT rebid promises 2 or 3 cards in responder's suit and I would never raise to 2 with 3 card support in a balanced hand, so for me 2 is clear. But for other partnerships ...
Calling all Bergen Raisers!
4-3-3-3 hands with 4 cards in partner's 5+ card suit are notoriously unproductive. It's not just the lack of ruffing value: there's also no source of long card tricks in the side suits. For example, give partner xx AKxxx Axx AKJ opposite the ...
Low Information Puppet Stayman
Marty, I'm not actually requiring a 4 card major to use Puppet Stayman. I rather unwisely decided to quote only part of Mike Nelson's full specification of requirements. Here is that part of his article in full: Responder has one or two three card majors, or one four ...
Low Information Puppet Stayman
My reasoning was that leading a major suit with the extra information guarantees leading into a 4-2 or 4-3 fit, whereas the opponents might be as short as 2-2 in a minor suit. If a 2 response might have only one four card major then opponents could also be ...
Itzik Ezra's bidding problem: KQ8763 7 A9742 K
I accept that this is one possible interpretation of the sequence. In practice it would usually be more effective to force to game by responding 2, especially if this bid is essentially natural.
Itzik Ezra's bidding problem: KQ8763 7 A9742 K
Abstain. 1NT followed by a natural 3NT doesn't exist if 1NT is only semi-forcing. I presume that in this auction 3NT doesn't have any conventional meaning. If responder has a balanced hand that is strong enough to bid game over a minimum rebid, why not make a GF ...
Leading from Three Small
If partner hasn't bid the suit then I follow the mainstream UK approach of "2nd and 4th", i.e. 2nd from suits with no honour, otherwise 4th. The 10 counts as an honour. So from 3 small I lead middle and follow with the highest (MUD). If partner has ...
Responding 2!c with exactly 4!s +4!c GF?
When I first played Kaplan Inversion in the 70's (with Precision) we used a simple approach: opener's 1NT rebid showed a limited hand with 4 spades. Nowadays (in MOSSO) opener's 1NT rebid is Gazzilli, showing either 4 spades or extra values. This makes much better use of ...
Responding 2!c with exactly 4!s +4!c GF?
If you use Gazzilli after 1-1 and 1-1NT then you have even more reason than usual to use Kaplan Inversion over a 1 opening.

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