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Peter Fordham
Peter Fordham
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2015
Last Seen
March 18
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
Australia

Bridge Information

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?
Regular Bridge Partners
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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Director?
West was asleep at the wheel, East too. The suggestion of seeking redress from the director by nitpicking at minor differences of description is no better than embarrassing.
What Is Partner Showing?
I wasn't making any comment about the opponents. I was merely observing that partner's raise does not suggest extra values. It a "lawful" action based upon fit. Thus, with this hand I have no ambitions other than to win the partscore battle.
Missed game - who was more responsible
@David B The constraint of South being 0-10 seems wrong to me. In the modern style, simple overcalls may be much stronger. Assuming South Passed over 3, couldn't South still have a hand with only five spades in a balanced hand and be somewhat better than 10?
What Is Partner Showing?
Pass. Partner did not invite game. These sort of auctions changed decades ago for many players once the dreaded "Law" became understood.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: AQ73 AK84 953 T9
Pass. Not only do I have no good reason to bid, I have no good bid to make. Certainly not 1NT, as that is generally understood to be a hand too good to open 1NT (or something similar with a decent suit).
Péter Talyigás's bidding problem: 7 T97532 --- KJ9632
@DaveB I take your point about that, although I've played a lot of Strong Club and Forcing Pass methods over the years and the most successful methods against the artificial opening are those that operate from one player getting two suits onto the table and the partner bouncing the ...
Ian Grant's bidding problem: Q76 76 AK762 AQJ
X What else?
Howard Shachter's bidding problem: Ax Kxx AJ98xx Jx
Change of suit by responder as forcing is a widespread general understanding in many places.
Péter Talyigás's bidding problem: 7 T97532 --- KJ9632
Since you asked, how about KQxx AK 109xxx Qx leaving the X to be not much but with the required number of cards in the majors to get an obstructive sequence under way against the strong 1
Bob Okker's bidding problem: A KQJT2 AKJT2 QJ
1 Should make! Seriously, everybody bids these days. With clear two suiters start with a one level bid and go from there.
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