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Matt Blakeley
Matt Blakeley
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2011
Last Seen
Dec. 5
Member Type
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

Bridge Information

Member of Bridge Club(s)
Otago, New Zealand
Favorite Conventions
Intermediate jump shifts 1m-2M
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World Championship update
Tough run for the New Zealand Open team... after two days they were in 22nd place, the minor matter of 50 VP off 8th spot, and seemingly with only pride to play for. 16 matches later, 13 of them victories including 15-5 over Italy in match 22, they had somehow ...
Matt Blakeley's bidding problem: AJxx Kxxx xx AQx
Apologies, don't know how that second round of bidding ended up in the diagram. Question is (hopefully obviously) what to do when your opening bid of 1 is overcalled 4 and it comes back to you. If you choose pass, I'd be interested to know how ...
How to bid a strong hand?
Yep, my question too. I get reversing into 2 after 1-1M, but what are you doing if partner replies 1?
What killed American Bridge--a Poll from the Year 2040.
I learned trick taking games aged about 4 or 5 on holiday with my parents and older brother, graduating through various forms of whist and others, before learning bridge. Those holidays were in houses without television. On rainy days and a lot of evenings, card games, Scrabble or Monopoly were ...
The demise of "whether"
I am sadder about the demise of "had". As in : "If I had done x we would have done y." Americans seem to say : "If I would have done x we would have done y. " or "If I did x we would have done y".
Putting it to You
How about 3NT?
Honolulu BRP 7NT Lead Discussion
I can't believe I'm arguing with Kit Woolsey, but I'm bewildered by the statement : "Yes, it most certainly is. West found out how many keycards his partner had, and bid a grand. That shows all the keycards." Surely jumping to 7 over partner's response to ...
Honolulu BRP 7NT Lead Discussion
But Jim, after partner hesitated, implying an ace, which you think isn't diamonds, are you now ethically constrained to indeed lead a diamond to avoid seeming to take advantage of the hesitation?
Counting HCP or Cover Cards and Tricks
Interesting use of the jump-shift to the minor. Do you have a way to splinter after the transfer?
"The worst play I have ever seen"
One of my more animated post session discussions came about after partner failed to ruff dummy's winner with the last trump at trick 12 in fourth seat, because she "knew" that we would lose trick 13 if she was on lead. She was wrong about that and it took ...
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