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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Aug. 23, 2013
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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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Yuan Shen's bidding problem: T765 AJT95 Q2 87
If partner's going to "correct" 2 to 2 with 3=2 in the majors then I'd rather not use Stayman.
Missed game - who was more responsible
My system file with David Burn and Graham Sadie specifically mentions this sequence. (The material covers competitive bidding relating to MOSSO, but much of it is relevant for other systems.) The file states that East's 3 is mainly competitive and that he must bid 4 if he ...
When is 2nt in a competitive auction natural and when is it (Leb or two places to play)
Graham Sadie and I have two rules when we double a bid of 2M for takeout and next hand passes: If game is reasonably possible then 2NT is Lebensohl. If game is positively unlikely then 2NT is scrambling. An example of the first is (1S) P (2S) dbl P 2NT ...
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: --- KQJ73 AJT84 Q62
It's better to play 2NT as "good bad" in this sort of situation. Here I could make that bid and convert 3 to 3 to describe my hand quite well.
Todd Holes's bidding problem: KJ6 KT4 AJ9864 J
In this sort of sequence I play that space-consuming jumps to the 4 level show specifically a void. With a singleton I just force to game by rebidding at the 3 level.
Péter Talyigás's bidding problem: KQ83 6543 AQ82 J
I could hardly have a less suitable hand for slam, so I just sign off in 5.
Peter Hasenson's bidding problem: AQ863 KQ95 632 4
4 (either now or a round earlier) is so obvious that I assume that the question is related to a bidding misunderstanding by NS.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: 8 AQ97 Q62 AQJ86
I'm not at all tempted. There's a fair chance that our side can't make anything. If we can, there's a fair chance that partner will act.
It seems pointless to play either serious or non-serious when one hand has already been closely limited by the preceding auction. 3NT should either be an offer to play (in most cases) or have a well-defined conventional meaning unrelated to strength.
The same might be applicable if the meaning of 3NT isn't clear.

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