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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
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about me

Until 5 years ago I was a software engineer and safety consultant, but now I'm a part-time bridge writer.  I have devised most of the declarer and defence problems on the nofearbridge websites and I also provide assistance in other areas.

Although based in the UK I've never really enjoyed playing Acol.  I'm a firm believer in 5 card majors and have played Precision, Two over One and, more recently, a variant of Fantunes.

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United Kingdom

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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rgba3
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Follow ups to 2NT overcall of weak 2
While I'm strongly in favour of an approach similar to David Gold's after (2M) 2NT, I regard "systems on" after (2) 2NT as perfectly adequate.
Bergen Raises Over Major And Double (BROMAD)
I think that Gene was answering according to his own system. I would make the same bid myself.
Emanuel Evacic's bidding problem: T83 AT8632 873 3
2 is right - you won't miss game if partner passes. Jumping to 3 could come unstuck if partner is strong and off-shape.
Follow ups to 2NT overcall of weak 2
That's what most people seem to do, but it's incredibly inefficient.
Polish Club: doubt on sequence after 2 Club opening
Nowadays over a Precision-style 2 I use a 2NT response to show an invitational plus hand with diamonds. In my younger days (playing Precision) I played 2NT as a Puppet to 3, which could be followed by 3 to show a GF hand with diamonds.
Follow ups to 2NT overcall of weak 2
Against a weak 2M I play what David Gold summarized in a comment on http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/what-does-3h-mean-here/ Against a weak 2D I play the normal 2NT system.
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: 7642 K976 KQT86 ---
Or clubs.
Toni Vidovic's bidding problem: JT9xxxx Jx x KTx
Where are the hearts? Doubler won't have five and advancer probably won't have four, thus partner presumably partner has four. He will also have six clubs, so is almost certainly short in spades.
Limit raise of major in 2!C? (2/1 GF)
I know of some strong pairs that play this, but I can't really recommend it. You've highlighted the main disadvantages. As for your claimed advantages, responding a semi-forcing 1NT with a limit raise rarely causes a problem - you might sometimes play in 1NT rather than 3M, but this ...
The best bridge book for beginners
I used to belong to a Mah-Jong group and one of its members recently took up bridge. I noticed a copy of Kantar's "Bridge for Dummies" on her bookshelf and had a quick look while I was sitting out. I was impressed with the careful explanations and sufficiently slow ...
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