Page 0039

The Two-minute Interview Club Player’s


Dennis Amiss



Answers to problems Julian Pottage

on page 24

DENNIS AMISS played cricket for both W N E S W N E S

Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Hand 1 1t Hand 4 1™ Pass 1NT Pass

England, and scored 103 centuries in ´KQ762 ? ´Q42 ?

first class cricket. After retiring as a play- ™Q3 ™AQ54

er in 1987, he served as Chief Executive t5 1´. When an opponent tAQ5 Pass. You are unlikely to

at Edgbaston for twelve years and has ®AK9 4 2 opens a minor and you ®QJ6 see many 17-point hands

been Deputy Chairman of the England have spades plus the as horrible as this. You

& Wales Cricket Board since 2007. other minor, there is no have a lifeless 4-3-3-3

easy way to show both suits at once. The shape and appalling intermediates. By the

How did you start playing bridge?

priority here is to show the major. You time you adjust downwards for these

My wife and I were taught by friends have a better chance of making game or features, you are not close to raising to 2NT.

about 40 years ago, on a sailing trip buying the contract in spades. You may get At the table, 1NT was the limit – and that

around France. Learning bridge was one the chance to show the clubs later. was when partner had quite a nice 7 points.

of the best parts of a wonderful holiday.

How often do you play? W N E S W N E S

We play twice a week either at the golf Hand 2 1NT 2®* Hand 5 1® Pass 1™ Pass

club or with friends as a social activity. ´9 Pass ´ Void ?

What does bridge mean to you? ™ K 10 7 4 ? ™AJ5

t 10 9 8 * Landy, both majors tAKJ9 2t. There is no need to

It’s a way of relaxing, keeping in touch

®A 9 8 5 4 ®AJ9 7 6 3 rush into any decisions.

with friends and exercising the little grey

3™. Partner has shown A reverse by opener after

cells, all rolled up in one.

both majors and asked a one-level response is

If you could change one thing about you to choose. With four-card heart forcing for one round. You intend to show

bridge, what would it be? support, an ace, a working king and a your three-card heart support on the next

I would like to be a better player! But I am singleton, your hand is quite a bit better round. This will paint an accurate picture

working at it, by taking lessons from a than it might be. You express this by giving of your hand: extra values, a main suit of

bridge teacher with a group of friends. jump preference. clubs, a second suit of diamonds and heart

What are your hobbies apart from Partner can go on to game with a support.

bridge? suitable hand.

I am still involved with cricket as an W N E S

administrator, which takes up a fair W N E S Hand 6 1®

amount of time. But I also love garden- Hand 3 2NT ´ AQ9873 1´ Dble Pass 2®

ing, golf and looking after our two ´75 ? ™A93 ?

grandchildren, who are now aged 7 and 9. ™Q2 tK6

t A K J 10 5 3 Pass. To come in over a ®6 5 2´. Assuming there was

Name up to four people you would

®QJ3 2NT opening (with 3t) no alert – and I would

invite to your dream dinner party.

you need extreme shape, have told you if there

Omar Sharif because everyone has heard not a semi-balanced hand was an alert – North’s double was for

that he is a very good bridge player; Julia like this. You do not want to risk losing a take-out. With a sixth spade, and better

Roberts so I can look at a beautiful large penalty or telling your opponents values than you might have for an over-

woman; Ernie Els in order to dine with a what you intend to lead. Now that so call, you have every right to compete once

top golfer; and of course my wife, or she many people play transfers, you are likely more.

won’t play bridge with me any more! to end up on lead whether the contract is After all, the deal could very well belong

in no-trumps or a major. to your side. r August 2010 English Bridge 39


  1. Page 0001
  2. Page 0002
  3. Page 0003
  4. Page 0004
  5. Page 0005
  6. Page 0006
  7. Page 0007
  8. Page 0008
  9. Page 0009
  10. Page 0010
  11. Page 0011
  12. Page 0012
  13. Page 0013
  14. Page 0014
  15. Page 0015
  16. Page 0016
  17. Page 0017
  18. Page 0018
  19. Page 0019
  20. Page 0020
  21. Page 0021
  22. Page 0022
  23. Page 0023
  24. Page 0024
  25. Page 0025
  26. Page 0026
  27. Page 0027
  28. Page 0028
  29. Page 0029
  30. Page 0030
  31. Page 0031
  32. Page 0032
  33. Page 0033
  34. Page 0034
  35. Page 0035
  36. Page 0036
  37. Page 0037
  38. Page 0038
  39. Page 0039
  40. Page 0040
  41. Page 0041
  42. Page 0042
  43. Page 0043
  44. Page 0044
  45. Page 0045
  46. Page 0046
  47. Page 0047
  48. Page 0048
  49. Page 0049
  50. Page 0050
  51. Page 0051
  52. Page 0052
  53. Page 0053
  54. Page 0054
  55. Page 0055
  56. Page 0056