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Phil Clayton
Phil Clayton
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Member Since
July 27, 2010
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Wash your hands!


Professional: Part of the Agile consulting practice at NTT Data after running the PMO at Toyota. Working as a Salesforce Product Owner for a virtual company although I live in Dallas. 


Personal: Dad to three ex-caddies and one very patient and understanding spouse. Besides bridge, I enjoy mountain biking and I'm relearning the guitar (might swap lessons if you are game).  


Bridge: King of the machines, Fall 2019. Have won a few minor league NABC's in the last two years. Inventor of Martian Standard with Andrew Gumperz (IM me for a summary). 


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Conventions
Anything that reduces information leak en route to the final contract
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
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Do you open the bidding?
Agree, and 'standard 2/1' references would state these aren't opening bids. But it takes very little adjustment to 'standard 2/1' to make opening these hands playable.
Summer NABC Moved
Some like it hot?
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: 9642 632 J962 A8
So would I. The hand isn't even that defensive - XX just sows confusion.
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: 9642 632 J962 A8
Leo, what if he bids 3 over the ensuing 3? Or 4? We aren't missing a game with 2, and it doesn't deny a 4 card major in my book.
Support doubles
Other variants where the support is useful: 1. When x is 4-5 spades or 4+ 2. When 1 is 4+, not 5+
Practice Finesse Works!
Right David. Ever lost a trick unnecessarily so you can run a squeeze later?
Summer NABC Moved
San Diego is awesome, but not exactly central.
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: 9642 632 J962 A8
Not a fan of double with a hand this weak.
Coast Conduct
Wayne, I completely agree. The rules about acknowledging hesitations were different when this occurred, but if it happened today, I would just point to the pass - a seasoned player will know what I am communicating and simply nod 'yes'. I may have to go into a little detail with a ...
Timuçin (Timo) Erkoç's bidding problem: 9642 632 J962 A8
Initially misread. Whatever is going on, partner has bid this strangely.

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