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Peter Fordham
Peter Fordham
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2015
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an hour ago
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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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 ...
Hanoi Rondón's bidding problem: 3 KJ K5 KJT97632
5. If 4 were forcing I might be persuaded to bid that, but there being no statement about method, I doubt that it is. I am okay with bidding game.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: AKQxxx KTxx Ax T
Pass and hope to make it.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AQ2 AKQ653 T853 ---
1 With partner a passed hand, slam is remote. Thus the best strategy, in my view is to bid naturally immediately. If partner were unpassed, I would be more inclined to choose 1.
How would you rule?
4 down three. Seems pretty clear. Playing another trump would be no worse than careless in context, neither would cashing the A then playing a trump. The 'normal progression of play' is irrelevant.
4th suit?
IMO 4th suit forcing, either 1RF or GF, is a tool predominantly for responder, and usually on the second round of bidding. When opener bids 4th suit, usually at their third bid, it is 'bidding out the shape'. This occurs as here after responder rebids in NT or three suits ...
Colin Baker's bidding problem: K98 T753 T A8532
This is the sort of problem that sorts the sheep from the goats as my old boss was wont to say. The tricky bit was that I didn't know which he thought were the more desirable characteristics, sheeplike or goatish. Not wanting to be tarnished with the unfavourable descriptor ...
Steven Mcgrahan's bidding problem: 862 Q9876 9543 T
We're I 5-5 in reds and one less spade, perhaps Redouble is okay. Here just see the beauty and value of the trump ten, trusting to the quality of partner's over call.
Ping Hu's bidding problem: Q5 AT762 975 AQT
Pass Don't punish partner.
John Portwood's bidding problem: KJT6 KT85 AJ5 J8
X What else?
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