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Phil Stephens
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Member Since
Sept. 30, 2015
Last Seen
Sept. 3
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Have been playing bridge reasonably seriously since 2005. Have represented Scotland multiple times at both junior and open level. Theoretical Physicist turned software engineer and big data specialist turned Hedge Fund Guy.

United Kingdom

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Regular Bridge Partners
Frazer Morgan, Alex Wilkinson
Favorite Tournaments
The Spring Fours, The Camrose
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John Ferman's bidding problem: AQ75 QJ3 A5 QT84
Yeah I think that 4N is slam interest in a minor. I am on the fence about whether this hand qualifies. 4-2 is the best possible minor shape especially with Ax. Ace of spades is a good card and on the likely spade lead you can pitch a heart loser ...
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: K984 T73 T74 654
2D was NF and 3D was NF so partner obviously has a decent hand with diamond shortage. Passing feels wrong with xxx trumps and so few HCP. 3S is just normal. What are people proposing he could have bid earlier with AJxx AJxx - kxxxx? Once both opps have made a ...
John Ferman's bidding problem: AQ75 QJ3 A5 QT84
What would 4N mean?
Trevor Morris's bidding problem: Ax KT987 QJ543 9
Partner is just trying to suggest spades with 5/6 spades and 3/2 hearts. He is especting you to correct to 3S with 3541. He may have something like KQxxx Ax xxx xxx and not be prepared to float 3C all white at MP. Raising feels extremely aggressive. Could ...
You be the judge(classier than ATB I think)
2NT was a wrong bid, but following a 2NT bid, 3H was terrible. Its extremely likely north is 4135 and focusing on the six bad hearts just makes everything harder. 3C is easy, cheaper, and unambiguously interested in 6C. After a 2N bid its really extremely hard for south not ...
Coach vs Mentor
Generally I think that a coach helps you with the technical aspects of your game, a mentor helps you with everything else. By technical aspects I mean: bidding judgement and theory, defensive signalling, card-play analysis etc. A mentor should provide: advice on and access to appropriate partners, advice on how ...
Doing nothing is actually a pretty good strategy. Let the various organisation try out different things until people see what works. Then write rules which are sufficiently broad as to allow all the common permutations that seem to work well. WBF doesnt need rules for online play until they wish ...
Kitty Munson Cooper's lead problem: K4 AQT963 AK9 A6
I don't think its right to lead a diamond because you may need several tempos to establish a black suit ruff. I'd lead the heart ace because I think that the chance of the heart K being on your right is basically zero. If you can keep control ...
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: 94 KQ93 KQJ653 A
I would imagine that partner is something like 5134 and was weak enough that they were happy to sit 3D. Partner has diamonds and spades, and for some reason was unsuitable for a 3s bid. Happens quite a lot, like Kxxxx x Axxx Kxx or something. Would people bid 3S ...
Paul Gipson's bidding problem: 8 AKQT76542 3 87
You know what I call 9 solid? Trumps. :) Just seems easy bid. If partner contributes one trick you have almost certainly done the right thing. If what you open with 9 solid falls under your pre-empt agreement for 3N I'll eat my hat. These hands are so rare that ...

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