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Anthony Pettengell
Anthony Pettengell
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April 30, 2016
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about me

I began playing bridge while at uni in Durham, UK, unfortunately not starting until near the end of my undergraduate degree. I spent 3 years in Nottingham, mainly playing at the Nottingham, Woodborough and Phoenix bridge clubs, and helping to (re)start the university club there. I moved to Middlesbrough in September 2017 and am now playing in Darlington at the St George's Bridge Centre.

 

I have played Acol, 2/1, Precision, and Polish Club, and I am keen to try new systems. I mainly fall down in defence (don't we all?) or just in making silly errors. We can but try to improve!

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Hurworth (St George's Bridge Centre)
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Antonyx
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Richard Fleet's bidding problem: K4 Q6 AKJ72 J765
I voted then went to the other poll, which I hadn't seen before - I agree exactly with your comment there Richard. That diamond suit just makes it worth the 2NT stretch in my opinion, but it's close (Qx in hearts isn't great, and Kx spades is a ...
Which club?
This is interesting. I'm used to having the difference be signalling, so opener can ask for attitude or count by choosing between A or K, and I'd hesitate to give that up. How was your experience of the quasi-count leads Steve, and was it worth it vs a ...
Checkback choices and continuations
I would only rebid 1 with an 18+ balanced hand if the hand had 5 spades, and I'm happy with that systemic treatment, but thank you for the suggestion. I agree with the 1 rebid rather than 2N or 2 when opener does have 5 spades ...
Checkback choices and continuations
Having thought about it more subsequent to comments, the argument for all natural makes sense. My initial thought was there still needed to be a way to find a 4-4 spade fit where responder had 4 cards in each major, but the uninterrupted sequence 1-1-2NT-3 doesn't ...
Checkback choices and continuations
Exactly as Brian describes. We use standard Odwrotka at the moment, but acknowledge that some 3-card heart suits don't want to be locked into the major if partner were to show a 5-card suit with the Odwrotka answer, hence 2NT could technically include 3 cards in responder's major.
Ian Grant's bidding problem: AKQ4 JT98 QJ32 5
What are your agreements about the double? I have voted on the assumption that you have defined the double as takeout, despite the level, because it seems a clear pass to me otherwise.
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: AJ84 K8743 A87 A
Agreed. Conversely, I'll quite happily double 2 for takeout later if that's what comes back to me after having overcalled.
Opening 2N for the minors. Is including a strong possibility 4 losers or less a good idea?
Interesting timing as I just commented on another thread (the big club NT range one) about this very thing, before noticing your thread. I like including a strong option, but mainly because in Polish club those strong 5-5 minor hands are awkward to deal with after a 1 opening ...
Precision - NT ranges w/o Kokish 1!H and w/o 2NT strong/balanced?
My preference for 2NT opening (in a Polish context) is both minors, 5+/5+, but not just weak - have it split range. Weak (5-10 or whatever range you prefer) OR 17+. It's really nice to take the strong 5-5 minor hands out of 1 because they are otherwise ...
Advice on Smith signals
I don't quite follow why Smith is harder to play in tempo than anything else... you have ample time at trick one to work out (possibly with dependancies based on what declarer will play) whether you like partner's lead. Having worked that out, it's really not hard ...
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