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Richard Granville
Richard Granville
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Member Since
Aug. 23, 2013
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4 hours ago
Member Type
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.

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United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Graham Sadie, David Burn.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Walton+Hersham (Surrey), Young Chelsea (London)
BBO Username
rgba3
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What does 4S mean here?
With all of my 2/1 (and MOSSO) partners 3NT over 3 would be non-serious, so 4 is a serious slam try. Over this opener absolutely must show a diamond control if he has one. Responder can always bid 4 over 4 if his ambitions are ...
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: 84 K976432 72 43
I'm surprised by the strong support for 3. Shouldn't this suggest something like xx AQTxx Kxx xxx ?
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: AKQ 753 T7653 86
I remember the problem well.
MOSSO--anyone have any insight as to whether this is Open-chart legal?
Good luck!
MOSSO--anyone have any insight as to whether this is Open-chart legal?
I agree with you on both counts. To a first level of approximation, ACBL Basic chart corresponds to EBU level 2 and ACBL Basic+ chart corresponds to the superseded EBU level 3 (although this might still be used in some clubs). MOSSO isn't compliant with the old EBU level ...
MOSSO--anyone have any insight as to whether this is Open-chart legal?
At present (as far as I can gather) a MOSSO 1 opening in ACBL land shouldn't be announced, but it should be alerted and also pre-alerted. With most 9 point hands being eligible for a 1 opening it's regarded (in the alert chart) as a "very ...
MOSSO--anyone have any insight as to whether this is Open-chart legal?
There's no issue of legality because the ACBL Open regulations only relate to opening bids. All systems of responses and rebids are allowed. In many jurisdictions the 3+ card 1M rebids after 1-1 need to be alerted https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/alert-the-polish-club-sequence-1c-1d-1h/.
MOSSO--anyone have any insight as to whether this is Open-chart legal?
I've had a closer look at the new regulations and I conclude that the MOSSO system is fully compliant with ACBL Open level. It's a great help that there are no longer any restrictions on responses and rebids. The opening 2-bids are all natural and limited to at ...
Introduction to MOSSO: MOsca with Standard Spade Openings
It was relevant when Ian wrote the comment in 2016.
Introduction to MOSSO: MOsca with Standard Spade Openings
Having looked at the rules again I've come to the same conclusion, although I'll go into more detail in response to Barry Plotkin's more recent query.
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