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Anthony Pettengell
Anthony Pettengell
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Member Since
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!

United Kingdom

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Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: --- K53 A63 KQ97653
This discussion as to 4 vs 3 is similar to my internal thoughts at the table, and is why I ended up bidding 3, not wanting to "force" 3NT but unwilling to go past it. I very much think it was the wrong decision, hence the question ...
Is this a weak two bid?
The only option for me here is whether to open at the 3-level rather than the 2-level. Position and vulnerability dictate that. 2nd vulnerable this is clearly a 2 bid for me, and 1st/3rd NV against V it would be 3. I'm not sure where I ...
Are these weak 2-bids?
Agreed. A 2nd seat vulnerable weak two should have a decent suit, but KJT has just enough filler to be decent. I'm not so concerned about overall strength, though I understand why in 2nd position specifically some people would be. Similar to others the first hand depends on what ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: 98 Q7 QJ5 KQ6543
This was indeed a ‘sanity check’ poll. I passed, without a second thought, and similarly agree there isn’t really a problem. Double was the winning action, but it’s good to confirm that there is no way I should have divined it at the table.
Spy Versus Spy
Why did LHO win the A rather than the Q? That seems to be what has caused the situation... interesting hand anyway!
Tollemache Trouble
If the diamond ace is onside yes that words as well, but you're giving up on the (admittedly unlikely) chance of West having both aces. If you lead the K from hand you can still take the club finesse on the return (or get into hand as planned), whilst ...
Bill March's bidding problem: AJx 9xx KT9x Jxx
Exactly this. Partner is very likely to have 5 clubs, or otherwise is one of a small subset of strong balanced hands, and may well continue with 2N. Possibly 4414 depending on whether majors first extends to those hands. I wouldn't bid the same in 5cm context.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: 83 AQ95 AKT96 Q4
I was considering between 2 and double here, but as the opponents are NV and this is MP I thought showing suits was more likely to gain. In real life partner 'raised' my diamonds over 2, so I didn't have this decision to make. I'm not ...
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: JT97532 3 85 A94
Exactly this. I tend towards 2 at matchpoints, but I could be persuaded otherwise. Unequivocally 4 at teams.
Jim Olson's bidding problem: K943 KQ85 Q AQT2
Exactly this. Systemically this is a 1NT opener in my current Polish Club (with the singleton diamond), and there is similarly some argument for 1NT playing a strong club. Playing a natural approach forcing system I’ll stick to 1 however.

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