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Aug 30, 2020

Phil Clayton is a regular listener. When he recently won the first ever Premier Pairs we decided to invite him to be a guest. Phil wrote this post on Bridgewinners describing his win with his regular partner Andrew Gumperz. The ACBL’s ultimate masterpoint reward is Grand Life Master. Unfortunately for Phil, none of his major wins will qualify him for the distinction. Nonetheless, he says the Premier Pairs is his best result to date.


Phil recently moved to Dallas and seems to be greatly enjoying the bridge culture there. Here’s a photo of him and Hall of Famer/ Episode 12 guest, Bart Bramley.


0:30 - Phil Clayton’s regular partner and home-grown system


2:40 - what it was like winning the pairs


5:15 - Even a bad session led to a win


7:00 - Phil’s environment as a junior player


10:05 - bidding problem and funny system win


15:00 - defensive problem


20:55 - Phil’s advice on defensive signaling


30:10 - Phil’s prediction on future National events


37:45 - Playing with Hamman

13 pages of notes after 90 minutes of discussion


44:35 - How Phil got back to Bridge after his hiatus


48:30 - Mountain biking with Chris Compton

  • “Over the falls”


56:05 - Finalist for ACBL CEO Job


1:11:40 - Nerve wracking nature of barometer scoring


1:16:35 - Bidding problem