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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.

United Kingdom

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Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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Chris Chen's bidding problem: KJ9 AKQJ9865 Q 2
What about 4NT on the first round? This should just ask for aces, since with diamond support I would bid 2S first.
Trash Twos
The main problem with this scheme of responses is that responder often can't find out opener's second suit (if any). Also, if your range is really 4-10 points then responder will frequently be guessing whether or not to respond. For example, what should responder do over a 2 ...
What is safe?
The compass might explain this.
Polish Club: how to rebid this 4-6
Page 57 of PCI does indeed recommend a 1 rebid with 12-14 balanced and 4 spades. But most 2/1 players would rebid 1NT, since some sort of Checkback variant will find the 4-4 spade fit when responder has invitational or stronger values. If you remove the 12-14 balanced ...
Winners at the 2018 WYTC
And also especially to Sweden for two wins.
How light can your 1M responses to 1D be?
I was going to do a companion poll where the 1 opening promised 4+ diamonds in an unbalanced hand. But also I'll take up your suggestion if others think that it makes a difference. It's easiest for me to do this myself (today) because I can use ...
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
I may be missing something here, but I don't see how the order of West's plays matters. With H98 he might as well work out at the outset which two of his three cards he's going to play, then play them in ascending order. And with Hx ...
Polish Club: should i bid or should i pass?
Thanks - I've just looked at page 7, where one of the options for a 1 opening is 5+ (12-17 points). I'm more used to opening 1 with 5-3-3-2.
Polish Club: should i bid or should i pass?
Now a question from me to experienced PC players: what does a 1NT rebid mean after 1-1M? I can't find an explicit definition in PCI. Pages 164-169 seem to imply that it's natural, but this seems a waste of a bid when 1 is opened on ...
Polish Club: should i bid or should i pass?
It's true that partner's maximum of 17 points means that game is unlikely, but it's still right to respond 1 at any vulnerability and any form of scoring. Over 1 you can choose between a light 1NT or a strained preference to 2.

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