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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
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Nov. 10
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Bridge Writer
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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.

United Kingdom

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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Defense agains natural 2!c
I thought that the range for a Precision 2 was about 11-15. Your suggested range of 10-12 corresponds more closely to other systems (e.g. Fantunes = 10-13, MOSSO = 9-12).
Transfers responses to 1N overcall
Yes - this is a useful extension to the simple "systems on" and more practical than what I referenced below.
Transfers responses to 1N overcall
I play systems on, including a transfer to opener's suit: it can sometimes be right to play there. But after a 1M opening it's theoretically better to play something along the lines of what David Gold summarized in a comment on In ...
How to play 1 minor 1 heart 1 spade?
I realize that this pragmatic style isn't for everyone, but it's strongly favoured by David Burn. We always treat 4-4-3-2 and 5-3-3-2 hands as balanced, regardless of suitability.
How to play 1 minor 1 heart 1 spade?
1 shows an unbalanced hand. With 12-14 balanced I rebid 1NT and with 18-19 (playing 2/1) I rebid 2NT. 1 isn't forcing in 2/1 (although it is in MOSSO).
How to play 1 minor 1 heart 1 spade?
I strongly favour option (b). After 1-1 I would rebid 1NT with KQJx KJx xx Axxx without thinking about it. If partner passes and 1NT isn't the right contract then that's just too bad. It's much more important for opener to ...
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: A83 852 AT754 63
Or in my case 2 showing either clubs or an invitation to 3NT.
Michael Rosenberg's lead problem: 632 A953 QJ72 T9
Partner didn't make a lead-directing double of 2, but he could still have four good clubs or five moderate ones.
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.

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