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My name is Mike Beach - M.J.Beach if you want to know where the title of this site came from.


In real life I am a retired secondary school Maths teacher - now, has that made me any friends?


In the world of bridge I am an enthusiastic amateur.

I have played the game for many years, mostly in the context of a fairish but certainly non-expert club, and in that context I hold my own - possibly just a bit more than that.  So I think of myself as a goodish club player.


My experience at tournament level is strictly limited.

I play in green-pointed events organised within my county (Staffordshire) perhaps once or twice a year (perhaps a little less now); I play for one of the county teams, but this possibly has as much to do with my availability as with my bridge expertise; in the county league I run a team which more than holds its own with most of the field but which is pretty much outclassed by the top two or three teams; and somewhere along the way I have just about crawled into the list of ranked masters.  (For those uninitiated into the ebu master points grading scheme, this is a lot lower down the pecking order than it sounds.)


So, this site is not written as words of wisdom from an expert who is able to draw on the methods and approach behind his success.


It is more of a work of research and scholarship.


I am fascinated by bridge bidding systems - their logic and their structure.  I have made something of a study of such things over a number of years, and particularly in relation to systems based around a weak no trump and four-card majors.


In particular, I have put a great deal of thought into how such systems, and the various conventions which may or may not be part of them, work together;  I have looked at how these various agreements can be selected and combined effectively; and I have also taken particular account of how they fare in the modern world of vigorous obstructive behaviour from your opponents.


For those between absolute beginner, and tournament expert, I hope that it will have some value both as a work of reference and also as a source of ideas for those looking to expand or refine their methods.

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