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Matt Blakeley
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Sept. 23, 2011
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Bridge Player
about me

A better than average club player in Dunedin, New Zealand.


I have a full-time job (business analyst), two young children and a partner who quite reasonably expects me to do my fair share of the parenting, so for the past 9 years and for the foreseeable future, bridge will remain a hobby rather than an addiction, though the internet does allow me to do a lot more than just attend a club session once a week.


Thanks Bridgewinners for keeping me up to date with the wider world out there.

New Zealand

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Otago, New Zealand
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Intermediate jump shifts 1m-2M
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How do you know what to do?
And you have a good story in the bar when partner has six to the Jack...
How do you know what to do?
It seems unlikely many other pairs will be in 3NT so I think I have to play partner for either Queen-fifth or Jack-sixth. KS next, 9S after that. If partner has QTxx and declarer Jack-fourth, a low spade gets us four tricks to save the overtrick but I don't ...
As others have said, a nice read. As a non-US resident I enjoy the detail of what major events over there are like, so I enjoy this style of article. Late night visits to diners while discussing hands seems very old-school. You're obviously better than me at forgetting hands ...
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda
Where I play, West's bid again after pre-empting is 100% guaranteed to show a void in spades. So I don't think 5S is a great place to land. I'd double even at these colours (though it may be I'm being influenced by seeing South's hand ...
Which agreement set is better, imps if it matters
Is 2NT not needed to be natural given what folk open and raise on these days? If you double with the balanced 18HCP or so hands, do you have a Lebensohl or similar agreement that can cope?
Really bad or not
I've had partners tell me that you have to overcall at this vulnerability because if 2 makes, +110 beats anything you'll get defending 1NT against non-vul opponents (in a match-point context). I usually argue back that if 2 makes it's because partner (me) is contributing ...
Tricky hand?
Interesting lead card - if South held A-10-x of diamonds rather than a doubleton... Playing 2 as a GF response : 2-2 2-3 4-4 4-4 4NT-5 6-6NT 7NT Establish GF, set spades, control-bid, find one ace, ask for third round control ...
ACBL CEO: Post-Mortem
Make that a sample size of two. I learned the game with my family when young but gave it up once I left home. I only got interested again via reading columns in newspapers - that was what led me to give club bridge a try. Not sure it would have ...
ACBL CEO: Post-Mortem
Just a couple of points : Everyone who plays golf accepts that their handicap is a measure of their (relatively recent) ability and that it goes up and down (up being bad, of course) over time. I've never known any golfer quit the game because they were embarassed by playing ...
How would your auction go?
if 2 is undefined, ie, if not playing 2 as a negative, then isn't 3NT over 3D the way you show a true bust hand?
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