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Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
11 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Interests: mountain biking, technology and discussing ways to save bridge.  

Originally started playing when I was 15 in Northern Montana when there was no such thing as junior bridge. Moved to Orange County, CA in the late-80's and gave up live-bridge until 2000, but was active on Imagination Network and OKB and was an early adopter of BBO. Resumed live bridge in 2000. Moved to Dallas in early 2017 and we are loving it and the bridge community.

Married to the consummate bridge widow Kimi, and we have three ex-caddies that share our name, as well as one grandchild (gasp!). I currently lead the Program Management Office at Toyota Motor, NA in Plano.  

My regular partner, Andrew Gumperz and I have developed Martian Standard which is a blend between what Fantunes and Welland/Auken play. It is fun to play and very effective. Sorry, you cannot have the notes, but I will provide a system summary if you are interested.  

For non-bridge activities, we used to play a lot of golf but really enjoy mountain biking and finding new places to ride. I also spend too much time on the Saturday and Sunday NY Times crosswords.   

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
My last NABC
Bridge Accomplishments
10K pairs in Atlanta whatever that is worth
Regular Bridge Partners
Gumpz, Nagy, sometimes Bart and a lot of nice players around here
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
My next NABC
Favorite Conventions
Anything that quickly gets to the final contract with the least amount of information.
BBO Username
Phil (yes, really)
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: AT5 --- AJ8532 KT97
Fish out the article here on inverted minors by Steve Weinstein. I think he suggests something strong like 16+. Weaker hands start with 2m and then show the shortness.
13 tops but how do you get there?
I think opening 2N might make things a little easier. South shows clubs and initiates optional RKC. North gets the memo that all keys are present and there you go. If South opens, it might depends on your methods, but I can see a start of 1 1 ...
T'Pau and the Winkle
Nice hand but I hope that's the last T'Pau reference I see here.
Opening 1N with a singleton Ace
I dont mind 1N on A=3=4=5 or A=4=3=5. Here, it seems like an unnecessary distortion
Lebensohl lucidity
Not going to try to thread the needle here, so 3. I'll play 4 or 5. I don't think this problem is enough of a snowflake to warrant a general poll. A bidding poll is fine.
What is percent chance of making 7NT?
Ed, that's kind of my visualization too, but after 20 minutes or so, I may say "the heck with it" and place 7N on the table. I would gladly take a slow penalty for getting this one right.
What is percent chance of making 7NT?
Interesting question. It seems like you could probably come up with a reasonable calculation at the table without burning too much clock. I'd start by assuming 36 HCP and a 4333, and figure as possible: 1. Missing an Ace (0%) - 2 cases. 2. Missing a King and Jack. There ...
Director Pleas
Yeah, this is the heart of the matter, not trying to come up with a contorted line about scoring the 9. Edited: nonsense
Expanding Confined Space
In addition to Frances' comments, any systemic suggestion needs to provide a comprehensive set of disadvantages and what you give up by playing the proposed method.
quantitative 4.5NT
My suggestion is to locate the 13th card. This is a tough slam to find. The T9 are very valuable and there isn't a wasted Q or J. But I hate 3N. 2N is fine. Partner can show a fragment and then support spades which will get the spade ...

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