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Peter Fordham
Peter Fordham
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2015
Last Seen
Sept. 8
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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David Yates's bidding problem: J842 K987 T9 AK5
1, minimum, but ideal majors in 4-4 allowing for 1M by partner and a simple raise by me.
Tales from the Past, Part 2: Double Bay
If Avon ever runs out of DBBC stories, I'm sure we could round up a coterie of Sydney based 'old farts' who could add to the treasure trove of yarns. Here's a short anecdote of a situation that amused me, though I empathised with partner's dismay. With ...
Elianna Meyerson's bidding problem: 74 AJT3 Q874 A63
At MP i Pass although it is pretty close. At IMP I'd add a fourth.
Toni Vidovic's bidding problem: KJ965 AQ2 KT94 K
Pass. Looks pretty clear to me. Partner's 2NT here shows a card in . it does not imply extra strength. You then said, 'game in ' and partner added, 'I hear you. 3NT!'
David Hankins's bidding problem: 983 KJ3 KQJ9543 ---
3 There is an old adage which says, "Don't pre-empt over a pre-empt." That does NOT mean that it is incorrect to bid over a pre-empt with a pre-emptive style of hand. Sometimes a bid needs to be made. This is one such occasion.
ATB, missed a vulnerable slam
@ Marty H, I agree that sometimes one has to overcall at the two level with a five card suit, particularly 2 over 1. That said, doing so with three small is the death wish. Hearing the subsequent auction continue (P) P (X) it is time to reach ...
ATB, missed a vulnerable slam
Awareness of opponents' systemic methods helps, in this case understanding that West might bid 1NT with 4 card support in a weak hand, but generally speaking, it is the hand short in the opponents' suit that must find a bid, in this case North. I would have bid on the ...
The Three-card Limit Raise: There must be a better way
A method gaining in popularity Down Under in 2 over 1 methods is to play a three way 2 response to 1 or 1 openings. The three alternatives are (a) natural game force, (b) balanced game force, and (c) three card limit raise. Opener presumes the limit ...
Namyats In Duplicate
Q:What is the point of NAMYATS? A:There are two related objectives, (1) To take the pressure off 1M openings where there is a very one suited hand: and (2) to segregate 'trash' pre-empts from 'serious' pre-empts. Just where the dividing line between a Namyats 4m and a 4M ...
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: A6532 T6 K AKQJ9
4 I do not understand playing 3NT, matchpoints notwithstanding. Partner clearly has six hearts, the fit is assured. Not only that but we may have only one trick in diamonds, go down in 3NT with 4H making an overtrick. Removing 3NT to 4 in this context I would ...
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