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Matt Blakeley
Matt Blakeley
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2011
Last Seen
Feb. 20
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

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Member of Bridge Club(s)
Otago, New Zealand
Favorite Conventions
Intermediate jump shifts 1m-2M
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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?
ATB - Missed Game
So is it best to pass RHO's 1 bid with something like AJxx-AKx-Kxx-xxx? I, and I think most of the people I play with, would pick double as the least bad option. Given I'm well below the standard of most of the people on this forum, I ...
ATB - Missed Game
Had the opponents shown a fit? Do we know if North's 1c was 4+? Couldn't bidding 2 on the first round work out rather badly if partner also has 3x club losers?
Partner passes out of turn
Well, they are punished in that they no longer able to get a 100% board... a deliberate bid out of turn could be used by an unscrupulous pair to limit any damage against a near rival.
A possibly crazy idea for ACBL skip bid procedure
I don't understand the problem of an "instacall" if the stop card was on the table for a good 10 seconds. I'm a quick bidder by nature - if the stop card has been presented for the full 10 seconds, once it's removed, I make my call, whether ...
The Deadly 3C Opening Preempt
It would be interesting to run a sim on this to see how often you'd be down two or three after such an auction. I guess it's hard to define the 6-card suits that would be opened 3C, where partner's Jxx or even 10xx might be a ...
... and it didn't get any better in the next two rounds. Board 16 was a head-scratcher for me. I'd have thought after 1-1 that a 2 raise would be automatic on West's cards. Just 2 of the 12 tables bid to 4. Some ...
Lyon Quarterfinal Results
Go Kiwis! I tried to stay up to watch it all, but had to head to bed after the fifth round (about 2.45 am local time). They are a resilient bunch - they weren't in the qualifying spot for the top 8 until about the 333rd of 336 qualifying ...
What's the Best Line?
3NT made nine or ten tricks at 11 of 15 tables in the Open division, and 11 of 16 tables in the Venice Cup. I was watching both the Monaco and USA 2 games. As said, USA2 seemed to claim at trick three, it came quickly so I think it ...
Where did you learn to play bridge?
In a family of four, with schoolteacher parents, we played a lot of cards when I was little on long summer beachside holidays in houses with no tv. We moved onto bridge when I was about 10. That ceased when my brother was old enough to leave home, but I ...
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