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Frances Hinden
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May 27, 2014
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about me

I'm based near London, England and fit as much bridge as I can round my day job working in corporate treasury. I'm also vice-chairman of the EBU Laws & Ethics Committee. I play a complex system but find defence and declarer play more interesting than 'assign the blame' bidding problems.

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Bridge Accomplishments
Twice winner of the British Gold Cup and the Camrose, won the English Premier League and the Spring Foursomes. I sometimes play on the English Open team and reached the QF of the 2016 Olympiad
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Graham Osborne, Jeffrey Allerton
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Leonard Hall's bidding problem: AT43 73 943 AQJ4
Like Kieran, I would neither bid 2 nor 1 on your sample hand. (And like Kieran, I wouldn't be missing my 4-4 spade fit because I play transfer responses, but that's a different topic altogether) If I am forced to open 1 and rebid 1 ...
Rule of 2 and 3
You might have thought that but speaking as someone who declared 3x you would be wrong.
Rule of 2 and 3
xx J QJ10xxx xxxx was opened 3D, first seat, favourable vulnerability at 4 of the 5 tables in the English trials. The fifth opened it 4D.
Leonard Hall's bidding problem: AT43 73 943 AQJ4
If I had 3 hearts and an unbalanced hand, I would have raised hearts last round. Therefore 2 shows a doubleton. It is also the cheapest bid, which makes it even more tempting.
Would you call for the director?
I truly don't see the problem. A 4-card limit raise, to me, is close to an opening bid (about 9-12 HCP). A pre-emptive raise is about 0-4. A mixed raise is about 5-8 with 4-card support, but that terminology isn't common in the US, I think. A 'constructive ...
What is the best line of play?
As declarer, my line will be to go one off on a heart lead.
Active Ethics (Again)
Ellis - I have no idea what point you are trying to make. You opened 1S out of turn, no-one called the director. You are all at fault, but by bidding 2H your LHO has accepted the bid out of turn.
Active Ethics (Again)
ps I've just seen Doug's comment above. He's saying exactly the same thing.
Active Ethics (Again)
The two examples in the Larry Cohen aren't anything to do with "active ethics". They are to do with not breaking the Laws of bridge. Do you think it is 'active ethics' not to revoke? There's no difference, except that many people find laws 16 and 73 harder ...
Forcing Pass situation or not
Pass is not forcing. I might well have started with a double of 1. This is a seriously good hand.
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