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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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Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: x x AKQJxxx AKxx
With a non-novice I would shocked at an ace in a weak raise of a strong opening, so would simply bid 5 - but with a novice they are likely point-counting. 4N seems to have little downside in a casual setting if you're relatively sure it will be interpreted ...
4!S - plan the play
I chose to open 1 because I expected a high risk of red-suit pre-emption after a 1 opening, and I decided I would rather open 1 and bid aggressively if appropriate afterwards. I wouldn't object to partner choosing a 1 opener on this hand.
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: AKx AKx QJ Q8652
The methods state that 1 showed 5+ clubs, so I interpret 3 as showing a club fit (could have been 0 clubs) and GF values, but is no kind of fit-jump and diamonds don't exist as a bid suit (yet) As for the bid, it's an ...
4!S - plan the play
Sorry, rotated to make declarer South, then selected the wrong dealer... quite obviously North wouldn't pass! Take away the first two passes. Edit: post edited now. Apologies, and thanks for pointing that egregious typo out...
How do you play from here.
The "obvious" legitimate play seems to be to play for a singleton high honour in diamonds, which is very unlikely, requiring a 7-1 break despite silence from the opposition. I suppose they are vulnerable so for some players AT8xxxx + appropriate other suits may well not bid. However unlikely that seems ...
Mechanics of Counting Goren Points in Hand
For me it depends on which combination of cards there are in the hand. I normally don't really think about it, doing it automatically, but when I feel the need to double-check myself I tend to look for "sets", e.g. sets of ten (AAQ, AKK, AKQJ, KQKQ) which ...
Always show a 4-card spade in Precision (or bypass) after 1!D-1!H
As Danny says, I wouldn't term it that. From what Kit's described, it's an artificial 3-card spade raise that happens to also have 4 hearts. No risk of forcing things too high because R can always just bid 2 if weak without a better fit, and ...
Advice on opening a strong minor suit
A 2NT opening being weak OR strong with both minors, with the strong balanced left in the Multi, works very well and is slightly better than the inverse in my opinion. Irrespective, putting single suited strong minor hands into the Multi is a simple way of doing it.
The dreaded 15 point hand
It depends how light you respond John, many people now will bid 1M on a 4-count. A "full" responsive hand of 6+ ought to raise to 3N. 24 HCP games get lucky sometimes.
Bill March's bidding problem: 7 765 A94 KJT763
This is an interesting question, given an immediate 3 is undiscussed. I thought I would type out my thought process – I would appreciate comments/constructive criticism as to whether people consider that I'm thinking about this in the right way. An immediate 2 is stated as natural ...

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