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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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Hurworth (St George's Bridge Centre)
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Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: 96 5 KQT8 AJT542
We only overcall light at MPs, but even say you don't. Let's say you need proper overcall strength. The problem still stands.
John Portwood's bidding problem: A AKQ98765 --- KJT8
Ah I remember this hand well. I decided on double, followed by 6 when partner didn't bid. Not exactly refined, but I couldn't see that I would find out anything more. As it happens it turned into 6x+1 when partner had the ace and I ...
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: A8 K9642 AT765 A
I bid 3 immediately. I do have slam interest (though no thoughts of the 'perfect grand' Peg mentions!), and I want to start by setting the trump suit. Over 3N (non-serious as per Martin's comment) I'll sign off in 4, whereas if partner has a control-y ...
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: 9 AKJT QT853 T94
While I have reasonable strength opposite an overcall, a singleton in partner's suit does not make me happy about my hand. We may well be missing a diamond fit (less likely a heart fit), but I don't want to take us to the 3-level with fits around the ...
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: Kx AK9xxx Txx xx
Opposite a slightly stronger NT, 11/12–14, I'm clearly bidding 3. I'm not so sure here. Good evaluation problem.
What should this bid mean?
@David Caprera: that's a very different scenario, because of the completely different set of hands responder will have. And a far more interesting question, as far as I'm concerned...
A Small Request for a Big New Year
@Peg: oh by all means, variation is fine - but it seems to me that if you want to remove the ubiquity of ATB, the most effective way would be to find a small number alternatives which are popular to replace it. People are free to choose whatever they like, but ...
A Small Request for a Big New Year
I quite like CTB and CTD. There's some elegance in retaining a 3-letter initialism, longer ones are frustrating and simply won't be used going forward.
While it's highly unlikely, I've seen worse distortions than people opening a 13-15 1NT with Ax AKQxx xx 9xxx. People don't always bid well. Trust your partner's bids, but not your opponents'. If there is no downside to the 7, and it caters for an extremely ...
Craig - while true that partner has to cash the K, I'm pretty sure that was envisioned by Mike. Parter, if they had simply an ace to cash and no other tricks, could and should cash that ace before leading the last spade to your jack, ensuring one down. Given ...

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