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Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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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Cool Position After Creative Bidding
So did I - but the guard option looks risk-free. Nice hand Daniel.
The ACBL and the 15 second rule
I play a relay too. Auctions are slower and there isn't any UI leak in spite of the time. Unless the concept is new to you, the memory aspect is overrated, but it takes time to build hands as you go along. When an unfamiliar sequence comes up, of ...
The ACBL and the 15 second rule
Peg, I hope my main point wasnt lost in my comment. It takes a minimal amount of effort to count to five. It takes substantially more to construct hands for partner that fit our bidding. We have all miscounted key cards and done other dumb (er, careless) things. When the ...
The ACBL and the 15 second rule
Steve, while I agree with most of your reasoning, I have a hard time allowing someone to start mentally manufacturing hands to justify partner's RKC call when they can't be bothered to mentally process what is in front of their own nose.
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Paraphrasing Kit in the other thread: "if we record every bid that we don't agree with, then the recorder will be deluged with unnecessary reports". Personally: 1. Would want to hear the exact alert 2. Perfectly ok if East says something once, but South doesn't need to respond ...
Jonathan Cohn's bidding problem: 4 JT765 QT8765 8
I have no idea if partner has running clubs or a flat 18, although the latter hand type seems more likely. I like 4. We are charmed to hear 4 and a 4 response seems pretty good too.
Jonathan Cohn's bidding problem: 5 KQJT86 AKQ4 43
Partner will not boost holding an Ace. He also might be stuck for a call over 3 with an 8 count and x or xx. I may hit a buzz saw with A9xxx on my left, but that's life.
To Record or Not To Record, That is the Question
Jim, I doubt they have that overt agreement. I even doubt they have an unstated agreement (but it's more likely) but that would require a degree of awareness from South.
To Record or Not To Record, That is the Question
I must say I do not care for some of the undertones of this post. Is North trying to exploit a weaker EW pair? Last I checked they don't play on the same team. I do not think it's a crazy bid and the kind that wins matchpoints ...
What did you guys defined this double ?
Reminds me a little of:

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