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Anthony Pettengell
Anthony Pettengell
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Member Since
April 30, 2016
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Oct. 21
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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!

United Kingdom

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Balancing after 1S-P-2S-P-P
Surely 2N as clubs + longer diamonds is more efficient? 3 skipping 3 doesn't feel great.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: KQT54 32 T AJ875
I really don't like that style. I appreciate that Odvrodka (or whatever variant used) COULD be bid on any hand that is 18+ with 3+ trumps, but the auction can be unweildy when only 3 trumps and responder has 4 if opener is unbalanced. We only bid Odvrodka with ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: KQT54 32 T AJ875
I discussed the point about 3 with partner, as my gut reaction was 3 denied 3 spades, but we agreed that it didn't necessarily - a hand with a good 6+-card heart suit and 3 can bid 3 here not 3, so 3 ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: KQT54 32 T AJ875
We don't currently have this agreement, but perhaps we should. I think I prefer 3 showing 5 clubs but not necessarily canapé, could also be 5-5, with 5=X=Y=4 clubs hands rebidding 2 then mentioning clubs later if relevant.
(1H) P (1S) P (2H) X = ?
The balancing seat is definitely different for obvious reasons. The question for me is "is there a hand that would want to double for takeout now, that wouldn't have doubled for takeout earlier?" That depends both on the strength/variance of your initial take-out doubles and the particular auction.
(1H) P (1S) P (2H) X = ?
While you have 2N/2 for takeout to the minors, I still have x as take-out here. It's nice to have an 'optional' takeout that partner can pass, but the main reason is simplicity/system consistency.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: T84 JT986 632 KJ
Yes, correct. Much like in Precision or 'standard' (approach-forcing/2) openings, your 2/1 bids can optionally be GF/US standard/Acol-style, whatever you prefer, and if GF then optionally 1NT as a response can be forcing/semi-forcing. The choice is entirely independent from the general system being Polish.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: T84 JT986 632 KJ
Entirely distinct system choice to the Polish Club bit, sorry I should have specified. This partnership does not currently play 2/1 GF responses so 1NT is non-forcing. If I were playing 2/1 my preference would be for a semi-forcing NT that is passed by a minimum balanced hand ...
Multi 2!D and Weak Twos
I'm not sure Richard/anyone is saying that *only* students/juniors are playing this in the UK! But I have seen it in higher frequency with those demographics. I really quite like it, ideally adjusted for vulnerability - e.g. the last time I played it, a vulnerable 2 ...
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: KT 8 AKT9543 T84
Changing the spade king to the queen *might* make the difference to me - and not because it's 1 HCP less, but because Qx/QT is significantly worse than Kx/KT a lot of the time. Still, I would nevertheless feel very uncomfortable at these colours, with the lovely suit ...

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