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Richard Fleet
Richard Fleet
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 8, 2016
Last Seen
17 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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The Best Bridge Writer
I'm not familiar with this. Might it have been published under a different name in the UK?
Redoubling a Balancing Double
Good point - I assumed a hand of less than strong NT strength.
ATB missed grand
3 was defined as a slam try. In my view, 4 shows spade support and a hand which is unenthusiastic about a slam; 4 shows spade support, a club control and is slam-cooperative. It is clear to me which bid better represents the West hand. I fail ...
1!H-1N; 2!H-2!S
They never were!
Ilya Kuzkin's bidding problem: AJ7643 --- AQ765 A9
If you make a delayed 4 bid, your partner might conclude that you have a totally different type of hand, maybe four spades and a long minor.
The Best Bridge Writer
Harrison-Gray's Country Life Book of Bridge (original hardback edition). But Reese is my favourite writer.
Interference after a transfer
One can't answer without considering other actions, double and 2NT for example. A straight-forward scheme: double take-out; 2NT competitive with a minor; 3m natural and forcing.
Redoubling a Balancing Double
If it means anything at all, and I very much doubt the wisdom of redoubling when our side might not have the majority of the high card strength, it means a maximum with a hand which does not fear a spade lead.
Ilya Kuzkin's bidding problem: AJ7643 --- AQ765 A9
You have play for 4 facing xxx xxxx xxx xxx. My concern in bidding 3 was that we might miss game when partner had a bad hand but the right cards.
Overtrick guess
Your last three examples are all flawed: the contract is cold on any trick 3 defence (in the second case, the play merely requires declarer to take ten top tricks; in the third case, why would declarer unblock a certain trick?).
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