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Peter Fordham
Peter Fordham
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2015
Last Seen
May 12
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
Australia

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Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing in final of NZ open teams C'ship 2000, screen mate for 64 boards, RHO, Geir Helgemo, on defence, I knew I had to switch to card from K10x with AJx in dummy to have chance to defeat contract. I selected K which proved to be good enough. Geir, graciously, privately said, "Well defended Peter. If you examine the possible spot layouts closely, you'll see that the 10 is slightly better." Geir, champion, gentleman, scholar.
Bridge Accomplishments
Int'l: Played one Bermuda Bowl[2001], two Far East/Asia Pacific C'ships [1985, 2001], several Zone 7 C'ships [winning 2001]. Nat'nl: Won most open teams c'ships in Australasia including both Aust. and NZ Open Teams and Aust. Seniors teams.. Represented Qld, ACT and NSW at Aust Nat'nl C'ships[Open]. ACBL: Won Montreal Regional KO teams 1986?
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Not currently playing regularly
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Favorite Tournaments
Australian Summer Festival of Bridge [includes National Open Teams and National Seniors Teams]
Favorite Conventions
The only good conventions are those that partner and I both understand thoroughly and use wisely.
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A sign of things to come
'Regrettable'? Classic English understatement Richard. While born within reach of London, I long since moved to a country where we tend to call a spade a spade, not an implement for shoveling sh%$t. So I'll put it in the vernacular. That decision is just plain stupid and will ...
Are very light openings against the spirit of the game? Are they a form of Psych in 21st century clothing?
I think only two questions were asked, but my answers are no, No, NO and NO! The 2017 Laws Of Duplicate Bridge set out the way the game is to be played. Unlike rules to many other games and/or sports, these Laws embody the spirit of the game as ...
Where did East-West go so far wrong on this hand?
This thread has some nauseating comments about both of Easts actions and Wests 4 bid. I can't fault either of Easts actions in this century. Just look at the 71% of respondents who opened and bid 2, the first because it is an opening bid these days ...
Opening 7NT
Ha! Ha! KB, Don't get me started on unforgettable Double Bay stories. We could be here all year. P.S. Except in the very early 1970s I don't think I ever played rubber bridge in the Double Bay Bridge Club. That place became a front for an illegal ...
Sabrina Miles's bidding problem: AJ Q43 QJ853 K95
7 Oh that all my opponents bid 4 on hands like this. On this occasion, partner has thankfully bid 4NT. If I Pass now, maybe I won't get my just desserts. It might just make.
Han Peters's bidding problem: 4 A7432 AQJ7 AQ8
5 This is quite difficult. If I catch a large number of trumps in the dummy as expected, the position of the minor suit kings becomes critical. If partner has one, 4 will fail, but 5 might make. If LHO has both, as is likely, 4 ...
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: 82 AKT642 94 K93
Just bidding 2 is a bit wimpy, but the colour is difficult.
Assess This Bid
I would NOT open 3 and run to 4 after partner ventures 3NT. IMO that is ill-disciplined and invites opponents to wield the axe. That is an entirely different proposition to opening 4.
Johan Karlsson's bidding problem: 9xxx 9xx 9xx 9xx
The last time I ripped in this position with a hand like this the next bid by partner was 3NT! +430. +500 would have been better.
Liam Milne's bidding problem: 62 T53 KT64 J875
4 Edgar says, 'Takeout Doubles are for taking out.' Every time I disrespect that, I write - whatever on the score sheet. Partner has a lot of stuff here, and five of a minor might make, but I don't think my one king is likely to be enough for ...
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