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Anthony Pettengell
Anthony Pettengell
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April 30, 2016
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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!

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declarer play hand (30.5. NR.1), probability needed
@Ken: South is dummy here as North opened 1. The hand hasn't been rotated. So Simon was following your instruction of ending in dummy.
The Short Hand
Given your conclusion is that South should bid 1N on the actual hand (but didn't), can we trust the opponents to have done so on 1=4=4=4 even if they should? I'd take that inference from partner, but while I agree South bidding 1N is right ...
The Short Hand
Why can't North be 5=3=2=3 on the auction, with South being 1=4=4=4? For all North knows at that point, South may very well be 1=4=3=5 or similar, they're not going to correct from clubs. Partner would be 5=2 ...
Trick 3
As a gender neutral pronoun the singular "they" is much nicer than the clunky "s/he'd" and also encompasses anything beyond the binary. Anyway, fully agreed that Frances or partner being South changes things. I now assume partner's carding is wrong rather than declarer's bidding being egregious ...
Trick 3
On further reflection declarer's play makes no sense with a singleton club... I'm really not sure what’s going on here!
Weak two?
@Jeff: Where has Craig promised 2/3 top honours already? Craig's initial comment said "good suit" (i.e. the 3 and 3 responses to Ogust) was defined as 2/3 top honours. I don't see anywhere saying that the weak 2 promised 2/3 top honours ...
Trick 3
Two distributions that I'm thinking about for declarer based on bidding and partner's carding in clubs are 5=4=1=3 and 6=4=2=1 (making partner 3=3=2=5 or 2=3=1=7 respectively). 5413/3325 are more common distributions, but with spade suit ...
Weak two?
I am shocked there are any votes for 2 followed by 3, I think that's horrendous... Joshua's comment above comparing to Blackwood is apt. According to your partnership agreement you are weaker than you should be for the weak 2 vulnerable, but that applies equally to ...
Finding the minor fit
I did not expect to invent a method during the hand, and pragmatically bid 6N at the table.
Distribs. for 1NT with stiff A/K/Q
Perhaps unsurprising that we have similar perspectives on this. 4=4=1=4 systemically opens 1N/1 depending on range in my version of Polish Club. That's the only real situation I do it in. 5422 and 6322 are unbalanced shapes that I do regularly open 1N on ...

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