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Phil Clayton
Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
23 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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Tied pairs winners in a 5 table howell.
Pair A wins.
A "What's this double?" from the world junior online championship
"Doubles of the 3rd suit are penalty" (excepting out snapdragon and maximal (if we have already found a fit).
Right-siding a contract
There are four considerations here: 1. Positional values like tenaces want to declare. Anti-positional values like Axx and Kxx should not declare. 2. The dangerous hand should be kept on lead. This includes a hand that has shown length through an opening, overcall or preempt. It also includes a hand ...
What is standard lead from this holding?
The King is standard. But not 'round these parts.
"You got it wrong."
Like Mike's story, I love to hear about active ethics, even if the UI amounts to sensing a tiny muscle twitch or other micro tells that only a life long partner would detect. And Dave, this isn't close to being couchworthy.
Active Ethics in the 0-2500 KO
Love to hear about these things. Both very young and very old players, and some in-between may have trouble managing their cards. No one has license to take advantage.
Would you bid again here?
4 sounds like a good idea but really isnt. Even if we agree (dubious) that its a 3 suiter, what now? How does partner set trump in a minor? One of us will have a tortured guess and there will be UI to boot. Much prefer 4 to ...
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: 97542 AQ92 AK5 A
Strange bid by CHO. He cant overcall, and now finds the values for a jump in presumably a five card suit? Its going to be tough to get to spades unless I bid them now.
Was there any consideration given to running a 6K Soloway alongside the main event, as done for the Spingold?
History proves otherwise. Look at the numbers of the Spingolds and Blues the year just before the 5/6K was added, and the following year. Heck, look at the Spingold this year, with the 6K starting the day after. Im guessing it was the largest in probably 10 years.
Was there any consideration given to running a 6K Soloway alongside the main event, as done for the Spingold?
Im guessing they want to keep the Soloway as one flight for a few years before adding more events which will decrease turnout.

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