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Phil Clayton
Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
47 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Interests: mountain biking, technology and discussing ways to save bridge.  

Originally started playing when I was 15 in Northern Montana when there was no such thing as junior bridge. Moved to Orange County, CA in the late-80's and gave up live-bridge until 2000, but was active on Imagination Network and OKB and was an early adopter of BBO. Resumed live bridge in 2000. Moved to Dallas in early 2017 and we are loving it and the bridge community.

Married to the consummate bridge widow Kimi, and we have three ex-caddies that share our name, as well as one grandchild (gasp!). I currently lead the Program Management Office at Toyota Motor, NA in Plano.  

My regular partner, Andrew Gumperz and I have developed Martian Standard which is a blend between what Fantunes and Welland/Auken play. It is fun to play and very effective. Sorry, you cannot have the notes, but I will provide a system summary if you are interested.  

For non-bridge activities, we used to play a lot of golf but really enjoy mountain biking and finding new places to ride. I also spend too much time on the Saturday and Sunday NY Times crosswords.   

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
My last NABC
Bridge Accomplishments
10K pairs in Atlanta whatever that is worth
Regular Bridge Partners
Gumpz, Nagy, sometimes Bart and a lot of nice players around here
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
My next NABC
Favorite Conventions
Anything that quickly gets to the final contract with the least amount of information.
BBO Username
Phil (yes, really)
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: AT5 --- AJ8532 KT97
After 1m 2m 2m+1 = weak nt. Now 2N and 3m are NF 2N = forcing, 17-19. Now 3x is short 3m = NF, Jumps are shortness
Bigger than Bridge
No, it's both singular and plural. No need to add the 'all'.
2 parter
I have no beef with opening that 1 but if partner volunteered 3 Id already be in 6.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: AT5 --- AJ8532 KT97
Would 3 initially have been a splinter? If yes, that is my choice. Otherwise, I know using 2 as a stopper is sort of standard, but it is not the best way to play. Im guessing a bit here but hopefully partner's hearts are good enough and ...
Is this forcing? (Basic stuff)
Lone Star Standard: 1 2 - 9-11 1 1 2 2 - less than invitational 1 1 2 3 - forcing
It's your bid
Bidding poll please. It's more palatable to overcall 1 here because partner can bid 1 on 4, or make a responsive double. Contrast this to competing over 1 with say a 4225.
Expected shapes?
Opener was me. Hopefully I learned something through the process.
Expected shapes?
Pretty close Khokan.
Expected shapes?
Opener did in fact have the 6/4 bad hand. Responder held 2335 with open hearts and was just bidding a stopper. Unfortunately opener played him for about three more minor suit cards and an abysmal slam was reached.
Second Stayman
You're in your hand at T1; I assume you lead a spade up? LHO follows with a non Q/J/9. Ace or Ten?

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