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Amnon Harel
Amnon Harel
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 20, 2012
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started playing bridge in high school. Badly. Took me over a dozen years to start unlearning bad habits and start to understand the game.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Two great runs in the (main) team event in the International Israeli Bridge Festival, back when it was in a three session format. Tying a match with the Herbst brothers after finnessing declarer's 5 on defence, way before we had any clue how to play, when they were already international-caliber.
Bridge Accomplishments
Met previous two bridge partners through bridge, and they ended up my good friends.
Regular Bridge Partners
Uri Epstein, Dror Shahaf, Hanan Sher
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Conventions
Support with support. Immediate double negative.
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
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Not enough aces
@ Alan, what style of cue bids are you assuming here? Playing that one cuebids 1st/2nd round controls up the line, South's 5 shows two quick spade losers and North's 5 already promised a spade stopper.
Do they always pitch first from their 5 card suit?
@David: Makes sense, but then the presentation is a bit misleading. I'm guessing your top-flight opponents signal suit preference here, which doesn't help you in reading the spade position. Right?
After an Inverted Minor Raise
I was taught a system similar to that described in the BW article you linked to, with the major difference being exactly what you polled: in this system with a 14 count (in fact, with anything that isn't too strong for a 1NT opening) but without stoppers in all ...
The price of pessimism
When I played a similar system, we had 3 as non-forcing (and very minimal!) and the cheapest splinter bid (here 3) becomes a generic GF raise. It worked pretty well. E.g. opener's 2NT bid now really denies 4 card support for responder's minor.
What is this double?
Funny thing. Though the terms "cooperative double" and "balance of power double" mean almost the same thing, somehow it seems the former term is more often accompanied by shady tempo.
Postmortem Analysis of March 2020 Bridge World MSC Contest Results
@ James: nice point. This does seem like a good time to ignore the book lead and lead 4-th highest instead.
Bidding starts (1!C)-1!D-(1!S)...
It took me a week before I posted this, because I wasn't sure how to phrase the options. This is the best I got to. I thought "shows" will be interpreted too closely to "promises", which would've been an overbid. You place your bets and you take your ...
Bridge Rating Study - Follow Up
BTW: that is an impressive document.
Bidding starts (1!C)-1!D-(1!S)...
If you must: I bid 1NT. I thought it either shows a spade stopper or is simply natural a-la Richard Fleet above. The opponent thought 1NT ought to mainly show a stopper. She did not explain why. Perhaps she was trying to cheer up her partner, who based her ...
Bidding starts (1!C)-1!D-(1!S)...
@David & Aviv: indeed, I hoped that those who think that 1NT shows both black suits are stopper, would vote for both options 1 & 4.

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