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Phil Clayton
Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
5 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.   

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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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Fascinating Drop vs Finesse decision from Wuhan
She didn't discard the cT because it was somewhere else. Good point about 2155.
Fascinating Drop vs Finesse decision from Wuhan
QJTxxxx isnt much of a 4S call. Im more inclined to put spades 8-2. Diamonds are 5-1 RHO cant be 2353 and its bad for me anyway 2155 or 2254 are more likely although unless LHO is asleep at the switch, I need exactly AK Q9 AQxxx Qxxx with RHO ...
Phil Clayton's lead problem: --- AQ964 K9642 AT3
4 bidder was AKJxxxx Kx Q xxx I believe. Dummy was xx JTxxx Ax KQxx. Pard was QTxx x JTxxx xxx
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
This is a slippery slope. Its fine to notice mannerisms, but if you go actively fishing for them, the defenders appear to only be allowed to hide their tells and not give away false signals, otherwise bridge turns into a brand of poker.
Phil Clayton's lead problem: --- AQ964 K9642 AT3
Thats what happened. This was a sanity check.
2NT response question
Pretty common to switch so that: 2N 3 3 4 = spade slam try and 4 = clubs.
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
Barry, I don't think your example is ideal. The 1 opener may have been considering 3 instead of two. Also if you held Txxxx you are more likely to infer the hitch was based on 3, so you are retransmitting info to your partner albeit in a ...
Free bid after a support redouble
1 can show a zero count because the 1 bidder can pass the xx. This takes pressure off the doubler when he is 4 5. Side note: 2 by advancer is natural.
Counter-Defense to Transfers over Our 1NT
Im fine with John's suggestion except I think an immediate x should be negative and a delayed double is penalty. The chances of 2 floating is unlikely but we might get blown out if LHO bids 3/4.
Interesting Squeeze
The Q isn't necessary for this to finction so any show-up element is illusory.

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