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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
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Bridge Writer
about me

Until 8 years ago I was a software engineer and safety consultant, but now I'm a part-time bridge writer.  I provide much of the material for the nofearbridge websites, notably the "hand of the day" feature for which I've supplied more than 2000 declarer and defence problems.

Although based in the UK I've never really enjoyed playing Acol.  I'm a firm believer in strong NT with 5 card majors and play Two over One with many of my partners.  With my most regular partners I play a home-grown system known as MOSSO, about which a two-volume book has recently been published.

United Kingdom

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Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Sadie, David Burn.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
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Paula Leslie's bidding problem: QJT9xx AKx Qx xx
I expect that 1 would have denied 4 spades. This is a popular treatment with some strong London-based players.
Plan The Play
Not so brilliant: setting up South's K allows a spade discard from dummy.
Poll on 4-way transfers
I play exactly as described by Monty Page above. The main advantage is that responder doesn't have to go via Stayman when he has no interest in a major suit. Many top UK players have abandoned non-promissory Stayman.
A Gazzilli question
Gazzilli works best after a 1 opening in conjunction with the Kaplan Interchange. I've successfully incorporated this approach into the MOSSO system.
How to bid a strong hand?
No, an Acol 3NT shows a solid minor with no outside ace or king.
How to bid a strong hand?
What do you rebid when you're minimum with long clubs?
How to bid a strong hand?
With a regular partner I might open 1, although I wouldn't rebid either 3 or 3NT after a 1 or 1 response. With an unfamiliar partner there's much to be said for 2-2-2NT.
3!S INV or GF?
Traditionally (i.e. before the advent of WJS) this jump to 3 was generally played as invitational. But if 1-2 is weak then 1-1-2-2 is highly constructive, in which case the jump to 3 is GF. Of course so is 1-1 ...
David Caprera's bidding problem: KQxxx xxxx Kxx x
Pass. Too much danger of conceding 200. I would probably open 1 if non-vulnerable.
Systems after (weak two) - 2N - (P)
I like David Gold's approach so much that (with his permission) I incorporated it into the book on the MOSSO bidding system. As well as being a great improvement on "systems on" after (2M) 2NT or (2M) P P 2NT, the method also works well after the MOSSO sequences ...

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