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Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
6 hours 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.   

United States of America

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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Inhuman Forum: Bots Respond to Prayers
Paul, I doubt a patch would be sufficient to fix GIB. As I understand GIB, the underlying logic is based on generating hands and creating scenarios to take the max number of tricks against that set. It does not look beyond the generated set of hands for ways to take ...
Petition for NABC+ Midnight KO
I have a possible candidate for the pair in question. Two Montana players simply put Gopp and Huge on their entry form. They were ejected for this and other peccadilloes.
Petition for NABC+ Midnight KO
Jeff, FYP: I find it funny to be laughing at people that arent drunk or stoned at a midnight game. I'm not against sobriety but to associate midnight bridge with being impaired is something I support.
Petition for NABC+ Midnight KO
Cornelia, I might agree with this if the morning crowd was chugging Bloody Marys and Mimosas at the table.
Inhuman Forum: Bots Respond to Prayers
Good point. This comes down to GIB thinking "It doesnt matter what I play".
Petition for NABC+ Midnight KO
At first I thought this was a lousy idea Jacob. Might as well make an AM KO. Then I thought, if we are trying to promote bridge as a GAME that is FUN to YOUNG people, what better place than the midnight!
Inhuman Forum: Bots Respond to Prayers
Not unbelivable. GIB 'knows' you must have the club King. Additionally, by ruffing with high diamonds you created an illusion that there as a trump promotion with West's (possible) remaining 4 spot. GIB takes way too many nullo lines on defense. It counts POINTS, not TRICKS qhich is why ...
What is redouble?
Well, I don't think xx is inviting partner to compete in a specific strain. And if partner wants to show some values with 3, maybe we have 3N anyway?
Thanks, Fred Gitelman
Congratulations Fred! BBO has been a game changer.
Gonzalo Goded's bidding problem: J53 2 AKQ42 AKT8
I guess from these comments we can infer that 2N is 11-12. More important to find our minor here than to make a forcing 3 call, especially when we have 3M and even 4 available.

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