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Phil Clayton
Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

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

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.

I coach Agile teams and teach and support JIRA. I would have liked to see the ACBL move in an Agile direction with my help, but they chose a different direction. If you are taking the time to read this I do not mind sharing that with you.  

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 and sometimes Bart
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
Sorry, this user has no cards yet.
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
In Houston last year, Richard Pavlicek was on my team. We had no problem getting upbracketed.
Shailesh Gupta's bidding problem: Axx Axx x AKxxxx
Classic problem.
Takeout or penalty?
Only if GF. Direct 2M is Reverse flannery.
Takeout or penalty?
Or maybe the person wasn't sure what a direct 2 would mean in a casual partnership?
Takeout or penalty?
Must we be so literal here?
Who should have done something else
Well, I was about to say that you, in fact, did "something more" by editing the problem after posting
Stig Holmquist's bidding problem: Kxx KQJx x AKQxx
I guess Stig meant to make the hand includeAKQxxx.
For the Relay Nerds
The main challenge is whem weve run out of real estate to use ORKC. If asker knows teller doesnt want to cooperate, there isnt any reason to pull except to show shape that we couldnt show (like an 8 bagger), or couldnt show, like when asker brome the relay.
common game Tuesday 8th board 15
Good hand.
Partner Confused
I still don't know what the NS agreement is.

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