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Frances Hinden
Frances Hinden
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Member Since
May 27, 2014
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Bridge Player
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.

United Kingdom

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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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A Beautiful Hand
As far as I can see, it wasn't a 'jibe at your expense', it was an observation that as you don't actually play bridge, you will never have to make the decision at the table whether to run or not.
A Beautiful Hand
Unfortunately the problem in real life is impure, because you can't see partner's hand. Change the 1C opening to 'clubs or balanced' Looking at the South hand and hearing a double, another possible for dummy is xx xx KQxxxx Qxx and for LHO (this is a carefully constructed ...
A Beautiful Hand
Richard, if you don't understand what this thread is about and then say you see no benefit when David explains it, why do you bother posting on the thread? (David's explanation was extremely clear)
Providing Information When Not Asked
We play different leads depending on the auction. I generally say, when asked, “on this hand.... it may be different on later boards”
Share your favorite bidding system highlights
Really? It's getting more, not less, popular. Currently I play 10-13 1st NV, 15-17 1st V, 2nd and 4th, and theoretically 15-17 in third but more like 14-16.
What is partner's double?
My agreement is that low-level doubles are take-out except after we have tried to pass out a hand, when they turn into penalties.
What is partner's double?
4513 max non-reverse would be perfect, but could be 3514, 3613 or similar. That's a lethal auction to get involved in when the opening side have shown the balance of power and no fit.
Share your favorite bidding system highlights
What I prefer to play depends on position, vulnerability and form of scoring
ABC RKC Igrec Zed
I've never played control-showing responses, but I do play that a positive response is forcing to 4NT*. 'An ace or two kings' isn't really quite a positive response, so that's a slightly different problem. This is obviously a crazy auction, as Mike says - how is responder supposed ...
How many spades?
You also want to bid 2 on any hand where you want to invite partner to bid over 4 by opener. With five spades, you don't need much in the way of high cards.
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