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Amnon Harel
Amnon Harel
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 20, 2012
Last Seen
5 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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Should this be a forcing pass?
Bruce, I think your method sounds great. Let's see if I can explain it in my own words. Looking at 2nd-hand's holdings, we have 5 cases 1) constructive/invitational bids - these are bid directly 2) not willing to defend 3) don't want to defend, but willing if ...
Forcing or Not Forcing
LOL. You may want to look at this old thread: Quoting Ron Steele's comment from that page: "Amazing! 15 comments and 13 different ways to play including don't play the convention at all. None of these included the way I or my ...
Cool Position After Creative Bidding
@Michal - you are too kind. Playing for an H-D simple squeeze I would've discarded the from dummy, and West is no longer squeezed. Seeing only the simple and double squeeze, I would've discarded the 2. Daniel's suggested play is cool not only because of the ...
Elegant because it is so simple!
Well, Steve's line doesn't have to assume K with the preemptor. East is non-vulnerable opposite a passed partner. Without some additional information on the opponents bidding style, I think the odds (5%?) of East not having the KH are higher than the odds of him having 5 ...
Cool Position After Creative Bidding
Cool hand, indeed. I would've gone down, playing for a simple H-D squeeze on East. Seems about as likely a-priori (need QJ with East and Q with West instead of J9 and Q with East and West getting up to 6 HCP with the Q ...
Should this be a forcing pass?
Should this be a forcing pass?
I was taught that if (a) we invited to game, (b) the invitation hasn't been declined, and (c) they bid to the __five__ level, FP is on. It may not be best on this particular sequence, but it seems good enough.
Poor overcall leads to poor game
> Playing ♥5 looks like it needs hearts to break, plus the club finesse. I guess that's right, double dummy. But as Steve wrote, we're playing righty for the K and the opener for the A, so there's a slight extra chance: If the opener ducks ...
Defending a “psych”
BTW: sounds like you play the 2NT overcall as 16-18. Pretty sure that it's better to play it as 15-17 or 15-18.
Defending a “psych”
Thanks Ray, for quoting some official source. FYIW, I find the official definition too narrow to be useful. E.g. even this baby psych fails to meet it: as Steve M. wrote above, the weak flat asker is really trying to learn more about opener's hand to choose how ...

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