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Anthony Pettengell
Anthony Pettengell
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Member Since
April 30, 2016
Last Seen
Jan. 17
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I began playing bridge while at uni in Durham, UK, unfortunately not starting until near the end of my undergraduate degree. I spent 3 years in Nottingham, mainly playing at the Nottingham, Woodborough and Phoenix bridge clubs, and helping to (re)start the university club there. I moved to Middlesbrough in September 2017 and am now playing in Darlington at the St George's Bridge Centre.


I have played Acol, 2/1, Precision, and Polish Club, and I am keen to try new systems. I mainly fall down in defence (don't we all?) or just in making silly errors. We can but try to improve!

United Kingdom

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Hurworth (St George's Bridge Centre)
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MULTI 2D Responses
@Martin: thanks for the reply! I hadn't actually clocked your comment noting that responder required a 6-card suit rather than 5-card. More importantly I hadn't appreciated that responder was required to have shortage in the other major... with those two stipulations I agree there is practically no risk ...
MULTI 2D Responses
I don't agree that 2-2; 2-3 should be natural and invitational. If responder wants to invite 4 when opener has a weak two in spades, why are they willing for the auction to die at the 2-level when they have a super-fit? That sequence ...
A most Singular beer card
I have always known it as Ben says, so needing to be the 13th trick that itself makes the contract (i.e. not an overtrick), with diamonds not trumps, when declaring. Equivalently I know it as needing to be the setting trick when defending, not a further undertrick on a ...
Doug Fjare's bidding problem: AQ5 K K42 AKJ953
With a singleton K in diamonds and K42 I might well open 2N, despite losing the good club suit - this is MP after all. But with the singleton king in hearts I'll postpone my problems to the rebid.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: --- K53 A63 KQ97653
This discussion as to 4 vs 3 is similar to my internal thoughts at the table, and is why I ended up bidding 3, not wanting to "force" 3NT but unwilling to go past it. I very much think it was the wrong decision, hence the question ...
Is this a weak two bid?
The only option for me here is whether to open at the 3-level rather than the 2-level. Position and vulnerability dictate that. 2nd vulnerable this is clearly a 2 bid for me, and 1st/3rd NV against V it would be 3. I'm not sure where I ...
Are these weak 2-bids?
Agreed. A 2nd seat vulnerable weak two should have a decent suit, but KJT has just enough filler to be decent. I'm not so concerned about overall strength, though I understand why in 2nd position specifically some people would be. Similar to others the first hand depends on what ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: 98 Q7 QJ5 KQ6543
This was indeed a ‘sanity check’ poll. I passed, without a second thought, and similarly agree there isn’t really a problem. Double was the winning action, but it’s good to confirm that there is no way I should have divined it at the table.
Spy Versus Spy
Why did LHO win the A rather than the Q? That seems to be what has caused the situation... interesting hand anyway!
Tollemache Trouble
If the diamond ace is onside yes that words as well, but you're giving up on the (admittedly unlikely) chance of West having both aces. If you lead the K from hand you can still take the club finesse on the return (or get into hand as planned), whilst ...

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