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Matt Blakeley
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2011
Last Seen
June 12
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

A better than average club player in Dunedin, New Zealand.


I have a full-time job (business analyst), two young children and a partner who quite reasonably expects me to do my fair share of the parenting, so for the past 9 years and for the foreseeable future, bridge will remain a hobby rather than an addiction, though the internet does allow me to do a lot more than just attend a club session once a week.


Thanks Bridgewinners for keeping me up to date with the wider world out there.

New Zealand

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Member of Bridge Club(s)
Otago, New Zealand
Favorite Conventions
Intermediate jump shifts 1m-2M
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The demise of "whether"
I am sadder about the demise of "had". As in : "If I had done x we would have done y." Americans seem to say : "If I would have done x we would have done y. " or "If I did x we would have done y".
Putting it to You
How about 3NT?
Honolulu BRP 7NT Lead Discussion
I can't believe I'm arguing with Kit Woolsey, but I'm bewildered by the statement : "Yes, it most certainly is. West found out how many keycards his partner had, and bid a grand. That shows all the keycards." Surely jumping to 7 over partner's response to ...
Honolulu BRP 7NT Lead Discussion
But Jim, after partner hesitated, implying an ace, which you think isn't diamonds, are you now ethically constrained to indeed lead a diamond to avoid seeming to take advantage of the hesitation?
Counting HCP or Cover Cards and Tricks
Interesting use of the jump-shift to the minor. Do you have a way to splinter after the transfer?
"The worst play I have ever seen"
One of my more animated post session discussions came about after partner failed to ruff dummy's winner with the last trump at trick 12 in fourth seat, because she "knew" that we would lose trick 13 if she was on lead. She was wrong about that and it took ...
Matt Blakeley's bidding problem: AQ74 KQJT7 --- KQ98
How about SIX diamond tricks. 2 was the winner on this hand. When the double came in, West decided to sit with KJxxxx of diamonds and Axx of clubs. Opener had AQx of diamonds, A and K for their 13 points, and partner had nowhere to go ...
Bermuda Bowl-1959 Segment 1
Curious about the USA's 1-3-4 auction on board 13. Was 3 game-forcing? I thought back in those days they were conservative bidders but both Norths opened a 5332 11-count, King-doubleton too, vulnerable in first seat.
Extra Values but no Stopper
What is XX of a "one suit" X? As was mentioned above, is it not possible the doubler has AKQxxxx of diamonds, and 1NT redoubled is about to be down one when we have a cold game in three denominations?
Best option?
Am I wrong in assuming declarer can't possibly have AKxx of clubs? Could partner have doubled 1NT at null vulnerability with a singleton club and less than an opening hand? It might help to know if Liam's partnership thinks Kxx-KQxx-xxx-Kxx is an opening hand or not...
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