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Phil Clayton
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Member Since
July 27, 2010
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Bridge Player
about me

Originally from Montana, then 30 years in Orange County, CA and Dallas since early 2017. I currently lead the Program Management Office at Toyota Motor, NA in Plano. I coach Agile teams and teach and support JIRA and Microsoft Project. Married to the consummate bridge widow Kimi, and we have three ex-caddies that share our name, as well as one grandchild (gasp!). 

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.  

United States of America

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Favorite Tournaments
My next NABC
Favorite Conventions
Anything that quickly gets to the final contract with a minimal exchange of information.
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Diamond Life Master
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Difference of Opinion
True but he didn't misbid - he followed their agreements.
Difference of Opinion
Exactly. Without screens, North would likely be correcting South's explanation of 3.
What is 1NT after a Redouble?
Definitely minors. Hands with 4 spades and a side minor tend to pass (and doubler's 1N is now pick). Probably some better mousetraps out there.
Transfers after 2-level overcall with major-suit raises
Yuan - not a bad idea and I've played similar structures, but I'm not in favor of it. Using 2N as a transfer to clubs caters to a unusual hand type where we are probably getting outbid anyway. Worse - it's wrong siding the NT which can be fatal ...
Missed The Play Of A Lifetime
I think many of us on here wouldnt be playing for an extensive period with a partner that coffeehoused.
Zonal Governance Proposals
Why do you think these new players are being fleeced? Bridge is pretty cheap entertainment compared to dining out and it's more social than going to the movies. And it's a lot cheaper than warming a stool in front of a slot machine waiting to pass on. It ...
Zonal Governance Proposals
Jeff, I am not claiming that a board member represent anyone or anything in particular - not Nebraska, tournament players, club owners nor the WBF. The board represents everyone and everything. It is on them to determine what is important and what isn't. I do agree with Steve and Chris ...
Interesting double dummy problem to work through
It's double dummy so you get to pick for the defense.
ATB - doubled partial score making
As I read this thread, I just assumed it was Pairs. I'm sort of sympathetic to North's double at nobody vul, but its still super aggro. Then I noticed it was IMPs. Double is totally off the rails at teams with terrible ODR and a doubleton spade. Who ...
Missed The Play Of A Lifetime
Great story. It's hard to make a play like this in the heat of battle. The cherry would have been ducking the Ace, saying "nicely guessed, making 3" putting your cards back in the board and watching CHO's expression.

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