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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
11 hours 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 in 1971 - our opponents in the final were far stronger and more experienced 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
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ACBL Ranking
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Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: KQ76 AK7 KJ875 4
Assuming that Double showed four spades, I bid 4.
Wayne Somerville's bidding problem: AQJT --- KJT832 AQJ
Even with a void in partner's suit, this hand is too promising to shut up shop with 3NT.
Plan the play
Why do we assume that West will always lead a red suit? It's not difficult to come up with a layout where a spade lead is necessary.
Olivier Collard's bidding problem: Q8 KJ6 AKQJ9532 ---
I've abstained due to lack of familiarity with French methods. For example, would it be acceptable to open 2 with no outside Ace and only one outside King?
Forcing or not?
Thanks, John.
Ronald Kalf's bidding problem: AK86 KJT42 Q2 J9
Close between slow double and slow pass.
Plan the play
Fair point. One of the problems of playing against relay systems is that it is difficult to get an explanation of what hand types South can have and cannot have. Some years ago, I played against a pair in the English Premier League who had two distinct ways of showing ...
Ronald Kalf's bidding problem: AK86 KJT42 Q2 J9
I don't think that this hand is worth a FP given that I'm looking at two losing clubs: with the same honour cards but 4=5=3=1, I would pass.
Plan the play
I think that the diamond finesse is significantly better than 50% given that East had the opportunity to double diamond bids and didn't. However, I don't agree with the view that East will cover. He already knows that the trumps have broken favourably and (assuming that declarer is ...
Ercan Cem's bidding problem: T932 K5432 Q2 32
I don't want to make a weak bid on this hand!
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