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Anthony Pettengell
Anthony Pettengell
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Member Since
April 30, 2016
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June 8
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Bridge Player
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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Advice on opening a strong minor suit
A 2NT opening being weak OR strong with both minors, with the strong balanced left in the Multi, works very well and is slightly better than the inverse in my opinion. Irrespective, putting single suited strong minor hands into the Multi is a simple way of doing it.
The dreaded 15 point hand
It depends how light you respond John, many people now will bid 1M on a 4-count. A "full" responsive hand of 6+ ought to raise to 3N. 24 HCP games get lucky sometimes.
Bill March's bidding problem: 7 765 A94 KJT763
This is an interesting question, given an immediate 3 is undiscussed. I thought I would type out my thought process – I would appreciate comments/constructive criticism as to whether people consider that I'm thinking about this in the right way. An immediate 2 is stated as natural ...
Bill March's bidding problem: A862 AQ6 A943 AK
That's an option I hadn't considered. I like it. Is that meaning for 5N 'standard' enough to bid without prior discussion?
Bill March's bidding problem: A862 AQ6 A943 AK
Trying to answer despite knowledge of the hand. Absent discussion I would be worried that either diamond bid would be interpreted as showing a 5-card suit, hence I accept with 6N. Ideally one of 5 and 6 would show a 4-card suit and one a 5-card suit; if ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: Q8 AKQJT3 K87 93
The latter. 2 does not promise 6 and would be bid by any hand like that where partner cannot reverse and does not want to rebid NT. Edit: 1NT typo corrected to NT as intended.
Is a Natural, Strong NT in "Sandwich" Position a Relic of the Past?
My main partnership currently plays it as 5+/4 either way around (2 of opener's suit by partner asks for the five card suit), so also a variant of option four. Much like others have said, the lighter the bidding, the more a natural NT overcall is of use ...
Ian Grant's bidding problem: AKQ3 J7532 AK6 8
Oh I'm sure that teaching would suggest 4-card support for both, but that's because among the complexities of bridge it's MUCH easier to simply say you need an 8-card fit to support. Perfectly sound teaching practice. I'm sure many club players therefore would play equivalently, having ...
Ian Grant's bidding problem: AKQ3 J7532 AK6 8
I agree with Richard here. There's very little risk of being in a 7-card fit, as balanced hands will be 15+ so would typically continue with 2N. A Moysian fit opposite 4441 hands will be infrequent and not terrible at the two level. On the other hand there is ...
Ian Grant's bidding problem: AKQ3 J7532 AK6 8
Assuming as usual that 1NT denies 4 spades and (almost) denies 3 hearts (freely raising to 2 with 3), then I take the low road at MPs, fully in the knowledge that occasionally I'll miss a 3NT that other people are in. I would NOT pass at IMPs ...

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