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Peter Fordham
Peter Fordham
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Member Since
Sept. 23, 2015
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16 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
Australia

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing in final of NZ open teams C'ship 2000, screen mate for 64 boards, RHO, Geir Helgemo, on defence, I knew I had to switch to card from K10x with AJx in dummy to have chance to defeat contract. I selected K which proved to be good enough. Geir, graciously, privately said, "Well defended Peter. If you examine the possible spot layouts closely, you'll see that the 10 is slightly better." Geir, champion, gentleman, scholar.
Bridge Accomplishments
Int'l: Played one Bermuda Bowl[2001], two Far East/Asia Pacific C'ships [1985, 2001], several Zone 7 C'ships [winning 2001]. Nat'nl: Won most open teams c'ships in Australasia including both Aust. and NZ Open Teams and Aust. Seniors teams.. Represented Qld, ACT and NSW at Aust Nat'nl C'ships[Open]. ACBL: Won Montreal Regional KO teams 1986?
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Not currently playing regularly
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Favorite Tournaments
Australian Summer Festival of Bridge [includes National Open Teams and National Seniors Teams]
Favorite Conventions
The only good conventions are those that partner and I both understand thoroughly and use wisely.
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How many spades?
In the modern world where immediate jump overcalls are weak, surely the double followed by the suit bid as here simply shows a traditional strong jump overcall, which negates the holding of the other major, but is nonetheless quite descriptive. I would expect that it is not forcing, but partner ...
my hand tells me partner has misbid
Second guessing partner's potential bidding stuffups is fraught with danger. Holding a 0661 pattern some years back, I transferred to hearts(bidding 3) and partner, wanting to get more information, simply accepted the transfer. When I continued with 4 (second suit) partner 'got the gag' and Passed ...
How do you bid first ?
Repeat after me, and after that, write it out one hundred times - 'There is no such hand that is too strong for a weak two bid and too weak for a one bid.' The ranges run seamlessly into one another.
Do not misplay this slam (like I did ....)
I accept the premise inthis particular situation that the opening lead would likely be a top were opening leader to have both honours, particularly since the actual lead appears to be an attacking lead from a King. However, by listening carefully and tuning in to auctions over the years ...
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: J87 AKJ3 AJ Q642
Since when did bidding low level NT over an opponent's opening show control in the suit? In the direct seat, as here, it shows a stopper and a defined range. In the balancing seat it doesn't even promise a stopper. I stand on my assertion that partner's ...
Help me understand my partner's penalty doubles
Good luck doubling with the East cards as a penalty double on the second auction. Next time North and West's major suit honours will be switched in the same hand pattern and, yes, 4X is still one off, but 4 makes easily. Some partners get lucky because ...
Reasons For Results
'One swallow doesn't a summer make', but switch the E-W pointy suit honours around, and now a lead by East is at least as attractive a lead as a and 4 by North will fail after an equivalent auction.
Reasons For Results
If East stopped dreaming of better hands and just bid spades at the first or second opportunity here, the K as opening lead will do the job of defeating 4 simply enough. If East is asleep at the wheel and fails to bid, when given two opportunities to do ...
Misplay this hand with Me (with apologies to Mark Horton)
@Craig B I'm not sure your rebuttal stance about the five level holds water when you consider your South jumped to the six level in any event. As to the seven level, IMO, that's a tertiary consideration compared to getting things right at 4,5 and 6 levels ...
After 1m-1H with a balanced minimum hand?
@Heinrik J My commentary was in the context of IMP bidding, and I am referring to situations where minimum/featherweight opening bids opposite near opening bids have a habit of getting too high. These nearly always survive 1NT particularly with the sheer weight of HCP, but enough founder at the ...
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