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Amnon Harel
Amnon Harel
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 20, 2012
Last Seen
Jan. 13
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
Dror Shahaf
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Conventions
Support with support. Immediate double negative.
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
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ATB - Bidding after Unusual 2NT
Peg - for what it's worth, as another 1D bidder, my plan is to bid again over 4S. 20+ years ago I read that with a normal, offensive 6-5 hands one should keep on bidding one's suits till someone doubles. I have been doing it ever since, and I ...
Can you help me figure out if I am crazy or not?
No matter which style of doubles you play in this position (takeout = 2+ places to play or just shows the unbid major) there are hands where it's right to double with a hand that doesn't quite have the agreed distribution. So to me the defining difference between the ...
ATB: What does 2N show?
What David said. Why didn't West bid 3NT? For that matter, East should also have bid 3NT raise with a six card suit headed by the Ace. Those are often 1/3 hands, so why play in 2NT?
ATB - too high and wrong strain (if there is one)
What was the partnership agreement about the strength promised by 2S? I like playing all sequences that go 1x (something) pass (something) - non-jump-suit-bid as weak, so that double is takeout but may be a power double. But some partners insist on playing that "a reverse is still a reverse". Which ...
Question to those of you playing Ekren
We played something similar but a bit less precise and with 3NT the highest answer. Did responding above 3NT work OK for you? What is 4NT after a 4m response, to play?
Who blocked the suit?
AT with west is a problem. But misreads by 3 cards are rare. With ATx west can (and as you showed, should) overtake at trick one and return the T.
Who blocked the suit?
Where is the loss if West signals with the T at trick 1? Partner should have at least KQ9x, and then the T and 8 are equals. Or he has KQJ(x) and should continue with the 9 if he has it or the J, so there's no danger ...
Active Ethics vs Ethics
Bridge is a card game. It is each player's responsibility to keep the faces of his cards outside of the other players view. I happen to be firmly in camp 3. Several times each club night. But if I suspect any doubts on the matter I insist that my ...
Forcing or not forcing?
Can be either 4 or 5. The system I know where advancer's 1-level bid showing 4+ requires some discussion and agreements on using cue-bids to probe for the shape. I don't really think it's not worth the complications. But one partner likes it, so we play that.
How should East-West handle the spade suit?
But is it really best to ask for "count or unblock" when you never want an unblock at trick 1, and the count won't tell you if declarer has Qx or Qxxx (or xx)? I tried to verify this hand-waving logic by looking at the details. After a non-power ...

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