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Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
49 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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What's your bid? And what is standard here?
I like 2. 2 now seems perfect and expresses this shape.
Declarer thoughts
So, in one of your 7 cases, declarer will take a losing diamond finesse. The analysis does not mention the not-too-unlikely event of East having four hearts. Good reason to play count on the K. However, to your point, we could also have the K, be off a trump ...
2 parter
I would expect 'goodish' 3 calls to be included in 2N.
Declarer thoughts
Doubtful RHO is encouraging hearts looking at the K.
2 parter
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: AT5 --- AJ8532 KT97
edit: Note that is we have both 2M available with 1 2 - you have some flexibility with what to do with these calls. One could show a side 4cM and the other long clubs.
2 parter
Thanks all for the great comments. Anyway, we had a disconnect here. The other hand was KTx x AKQx AKJxx. This hand bid 4 thinking it was a choice of games. The other hand pictured Axx xxx Jxxxx xx and put it to 6. A spade lead put ...
Bigger than Bridge Chatted with several lifelong Texans about this today. Y'all is always plural. "All" may be added for emphasis when asking a rhetorical question, as in "all y'all know theres a prayer meeting tonight?"
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: AT5 --- AJ8532 KT97
David - usually an unbalanced max too good for 3m.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: AT5 --- AJ8532 KT97
After 1m 2m 2m+1 = weak nt. Now 2N and 3m are NF 2N = forcing, 17-19. Now 3x is short 3m = NF, Jumps are shortness

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