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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
39 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I am retired both from full-time work and from tournament bridge.  My main bridge interest is researching the history of the tournament game in England: the first (and possibly only) instalment, covering the period up to the end of WW2, was published on the EBU website in December 2016.

My first serious bridge partner was Richard Granville and he suggested that I sign up to this site.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the South-West Lancashire knock-out teams event as a very raw schoolboy some 45 years ago - our opponents in the final were far stronger and more experience players, including two who went on to win the English National Pairs.
Bridge Accomplishments
I've won a few national events and represented England on several occasions. My main accomplishment might well be either winning the main team event at the EBU summer meeting in partnership with my (now ex) wife or surviving an unbeaten partnership of 160 boards with Tony Forrester.
Regular Bridge Partners
None at present.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
None at present.
Favorite Tournaments
The Lederer Memorial, with which I was involved as organiser, player or commentator for about 30 years.
Favorite Conventions
The Kokish 2H rebid after 2C-2D. I would rather prefer to play without any conventions but some are essential and this is one. I would classify the Kempson 2C or 2D response to 1NT in the same category.
BBO Username
Not a member
ACBL Ranking
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Nickell vs. Lall - Last Board
Good point about the extra undertrick. Declarer could expect the contract to be the same at the other table (he couldn't anticipate that East would open a hand that Rodwell had passed) and losing 100 as against 50 might be the match.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: KJ72 Q AQT875 85
Axxxx of spades and nothing gives play for 4: how can we possibly make a bid that might stop short of game vulnerable at IMP? Second sentence deleted on grounds of rubbish.
FP situation? If not who should bid 5?
I would, though with misgivings. 5 needs trumps 2-2 or stiff J plus the club finesse, hardly gilt-edged.
How do you sort out this one?
"Ironically, it does not matter now whether declarer puts up the K or not at trick 2." It does matter: if declarer plays low, he always makes nine tricks (assuming that he guesses the spades); if he rises with the King, he has to find the Queen of diamonds to ...
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: KJT752 AK53 J Q3
Possibly a question of methods: so far as I am concerned, 4 shows good diamonds, not a shortage.
Jeff Ford's bidding problem: KJ9852 976 --- 8632
I don't regard this as forcing. Partner may well have assumed that the opponents would bid more hearts and bid 4 in order to assist in making an informed decision: with no defence and minimum playing strength given the vulnerability, this is a clear pass.
Competitive situation?
It's not only baby psyches: a lot of players ignore the double and bid empty suits.
FP situation? If not who should bid 5?
South has shown a very good hand by bidding 4. However, within this context, his hand is more defensive than attacking and he should therefore double 5. It would not occur to me that South's pass might be forcing.
David Hankins's bidding problem: x AQJ9xxx Ax AKJ
In my view, double followed by 4 shows a strong but flexible hand, very likely with five hearts.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: AJ T97 K9732 Q75
Yes, in my view.
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