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Phil Clayton
Phil Clayton
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
3 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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Is this double take out or lead directing?
The idea of takeout just seems crazy to me. Why would we enter an auction like this at three level when we have no real hope of buying the hand profitably? Even lead directing seems like a stretch. This double is akin to doubling a jacoby transfer so we need ...
Chris Gibson's bidding problem: K7 JT83 6 AT8642
Seems that 4N could just be as ambiguous as 4 so its not risk free.
GNT Format: Going Forward
Hi Rick: I would steer clear of 3 ways altogether. If my team is behind to two others at halftime, then I should be allowed to finish. Note that excusing a team at halftime doesnt solve the problem. I could come out and dump against Team A for 15 boards ...
[i]qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent[/i] -Compliments of Poor Richard.
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
So John, you think that some of the 3 way finals were so lopsided that the directors thought, "shhhh, we are scoring this in VPs, but don't tell the players because they think the format is IMPs, so we will just post the IMP scores since it doesn't ...
COC Problems
D22's CofC were not changed after the fact. They just werent followed in prior years.
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Hi John. Folks tend to be more civil than that 'round here. There are ways to express your opinion without name calling. The only advantage you'll have is that Eugene lives on the left coast so he might not see this for a few hours. I'm sure if ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Mike C my comment was really addressed to Michael K.
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Mike, you don't have any reason to believe me but I'm telling you that you are wrong. We didnt 'assume'anything about the conditions, it was scored as IMPs. 2016 was scored in IMPs and not converted to VPs. I might even have a copy of my scoresheet ...
More Trouble Doubles
We play: 1. Doesn't create any force. 2. Penalty 3. I wouldnt pass 2. Id bid 2.

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