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Amnon Harel
Amnon Harel
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 20, 2012
Last Seen
2 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.

Country
Israel

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)
Carmel
Favorite Conventions
Support with support. Immediate double negative.
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
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3!D XX - best line?
Alternative line if you're running late: concede an absolute bottom and move on to the next table ;-)
Whose to blame?
This analogy is highly misleading. Off the top of my head: - The upper limit is much higher for an opening bid than for an overcall. - The odds of the current spot being a reasonable spot are much higher with an overcall (normally starting with a 5 card suit) than with ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: AJT3 KT3 KJ 7642
It seems unlikely that they'll further the prempt, or passout 3. Looks much better to pass first, planning on rebidding 3 if nothing interesting happens (e.g. partner makes a penalty double, or bids 3 himself).
Whose to blame?
Despite the sizeable downside, West should bid 2NT instead of pass over 2. 1 is a constructive bid, and West has way more than he promised so far, especially for 3NT (a double stopper, a highcard to help partner's suit run, and 4-7 extra HCP depending on ...
Defense agains natural 2!c
I guess you're right in theory. Never saw opponents discuss their defence to our defence against their unusual opening bids, so I'm not worried about it at the levels I'm playing. 3 reds NF sounds nice, but I doubt it's worth giving up the usual ...
Your preferred defenses vs. 1NT
What does the OP call it? From the comments it seems that some terms are used differently in the US and in Europe. Would be useful to have some basic definitions in the OP. Or at least links.
Defense agains natural 2!c
It makes sense to me to play 3 as the red suits, especially against a precision 2 where they may have a spade fit and you want to preempt it. Also, Michael Haffer's answer above rocks. At least if you run into this opening frequently and both ...
What's your bidding plan?
Does your standard stuff include Texas x-fers? If so, what is a direct 4? If not, what is a direct 4? Some variation of the ancient CONFIT convention would probably handle this well (the only write up I could find was in http://www.jackbridge.com/pdf/eheeman ...
Opening 2!D/2!H weak with majors
I used an Ekrens 2 for a few years at the club level(s). Advantages: (a) it lets you practice playing odd contracts, without being an overall losing method. Our playing time is limited and in that partnership we have a solid understanding of our extensive system, so we ...
ATB - missed slam
I think we need more information about your methods: - how strong is 2C? What kind of force does it create? - do I understand correctly that 3S is an advance cue bid, so that 3NT is an offer to play since South didn't yet know there is an 8 card ...
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