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Amnon Harel
Amnon Harel
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 20, 2012
Last Seen
7 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
Dror Shahaf
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Conventions
Support with support. Immediate double negative.
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
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Amnon Harel's bidding problem: --- QJT9432 QJ83 Q3
Yep. That's one of the questions I thought relevant for this hand. Another is whether we can really expect meaningful decisions from partner, given that we really need 6 specific cover cards and we happen to know (but he doesn't know we know) that he doesn't have ...
A Tricky 3NT Game
I'm having trouble with "East will hold three hearts (and one spade) 120 times.". It seems to be 3-out-of-6 for 20 heart holdings and 6 possible spade holdings. But I think it's a better to count only 3 or 4 spade holdings, depending on how likely you think ...
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: JT8 J985 A93 QJ5
1. I thought the ACBL changed the recommendations for beginners to bid 25 HCP games. 2. And even before that, 25 HCP games were considered harmless whether bid or unbid. So opposite a 14-16 HCP NT, the normal bid would be to invite with 10 - roughly breaks even on the ...
Simon Weinberger's bidding problem: JT8 J985 A93 QJ5
K&R loves unbalanced hands. With balanced vs. balanced where you already know you're likely to be playing NT, I believe that even the simplest beginner's 4-3-2-1 count is more accurate than K&R.
Experimenting with weak NT
Sounds good Dave. I'll be happy to see a write up of such a method, if available.
Experimenting with weak NT
What Yehudit said. How to bid after opening 1NT is (always) the easy part. The rest of the system will require lots of tiny, and not-so-easy to remember modifications. Both for contested and uncontested auctions. This, together with "My partner and i both claim memory concerns." leads me to suggest ...
Overruff Or Not?
I was also momentarily confused by the start of this paragraph. Maybe it would help to start the 4th sentence with "On this hypothetical layout", or even "On that"?
Why are IMP pairs events so much more popular in Europe?
To me the biggest difference is in card play. Both on defense and while declaring. In IMPs both sides concentrate on whether the contract will make. So on defense, one can play for an against-the-odds layout that will take the contract down. Often 10-to-1 odds against are worth playing for ...
Should this Q-bid be Natural?
It's hard to write a good poll. As commented above, you forgot to define 1S. Apparently you're unfamiliar with the agreements that allow you to play it as 4+. But do you play it forcing or non-forcing? Without these definitions, everyone responds according to how he plays it ...
@ Frances: fair enough :-)

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