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Anthony Pettengell
Anthony Pettengell
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Member Since
April 30, 2016
Last Seen
Sept. 24
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Bridge Player
about me

I started playing bridge while at uni in Durham, UK, a couple of years ago. Now based in Nottingham, I mainly play at the Nottingham, Woodborough and Phoenix bridge clubs.


I have played Acol, 2/1, Precision, and Polish Club, and I am keen to try new systems. I have a slight preference for a weak 1NT opening and 5-card majors. Anyone who wants to play strong or artificial club systems or discuss continuations thereof please get in touch.


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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Nottingham, Woodborough, Phoenix
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Rebid Problem?
I would be perfectly happy with a 1NT rebid in SA, but wouldn't do it without prior discussion with partner. Ditto opening 1 and rebidding 2, though it's more of a strong/Polish club thing really, not worth adding that ambiguity when unnecessary. I can't ...
LaTeX version of convention cards?
I would similarly be very interested in seeing other people's LaTeX templates - in my case EBU-format ideally, but anything would be interesting/useful.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: J65 AJT973 --- J986
I think you need to be quite judicious when deciding whether to open a Muiderberg 2 (ditto Lucas, Polish etc, whatever variant). It's not about HCP, quite the opposite, but purity. HCP in your long suits are good, and pointy doubletons are very bad. Qx/AJxxx/Kx/xxxx may ...
Experimenting with weak NT
I concur with 15-19. The 3NT rebid is ugly and so should be very specific - like Brad suggested, some kind of 'picture bid' perhaps. Even if don't have the time to work out a range enquiry yet, I think keeping all those balanced hands in 2NT (and allowing your ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: J65 AJT973 --- J986
Partner will never take you for possibly having 6 hearts if you open 2, so the sixth heart would be lost. I can't imagine 2 as a viable bid on this hand myself - you've still preempted spades, and the disparity between the heart and club suits ...
Experimenting with weak NT
Yes, you need a different system for that (unless your original runout system is relatively simple), because the forcing pass isn't available.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: J65 AJT973 --- J986
That's what I was expecting, 2 here but 3 in 1st or 3rd, but wanted to check the consensus. Thanks.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: J65 AJT973 --- J986
Sorry, I should have defined that. In the U.K. many call them Lucas Twos, which are very similar as well (5 cards in the major, 4+ in any other suit - so could be both majors unlike Muiderberg).
Experimenting with weak NT
Garbage Stayman (i.e. short clubs) is pretty standard in the UK and well worth bearing in mind. You'll still end up missing major fits when you're weak and short in diamonds (or indeed only have one of the majors), but there we are. On other hands your ...
Experimenting with weak NT
Your methods opposite a 15-17 NT (strength appropriately modified) will be perfectly fine, particularly at first. 2-way Stayman isn't necessary. An escape to 1NT(x) is definitely required, but you don't need to be playing anything complicated. 1M-2x-2N really ought to be a good hand, 15+ balanced, irrespective ...

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