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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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about me

Bridge musings:

  • An attribute I value (for bridge and otherwise) is recognizing what you do not know: ask more questions, state fewer conclusions.  Only sometimes do I act as I say one should act.
  • Wish that master points award system would motivate players to continue to challenge themselves to improve: need to better align awards with the achievements producing the awards.
  • Wish that club directors would (politely) instruct players about Unauthorized Information and Logical Alternatives; that is, Fair Play.  Not a crime (but then, not an accolade, either) to take too much or too little time to think about a call or play, but is unethical for partner to take winning inferences from the pace of the call or play.
  • Am deeply involved in developing and teaching after school bridge programs.  Teach play before bidding (mini-bridge), teach declarer play before defensive play, teach notrump play before suit play.  But, first, ensure kids are safe, have fun, allow other kids to learn, and respect each other, the teachers, and the school. See
  • Loved bridge from the moments I learned to play, but placed bridge behind other matters such as career and family.  Took a 15 year hiatus from significant play.
  • Still improving as a player.  Do not look forward to the time when my skills will plateau.
  • Best skill as a bridge player: envisaging during the auction how the play might proceed.  Poorest skill as a bridge player: perhaps too many to mention.

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Threshold to Double Weak NT with a Balanced Hand
If I don't have a reasonably good lead, I am quite unlikely to double without a huge hand that fears missing game our way. I'd pass the shown hand even with the A.
1430 or 3041?
The partnership agreement to the posted question, and the partnership agreement on what to lead from three small are the final two items I (try to remember to) read on the convention card before the first hand begins.
A Tale of Two Auctions
Oy. The comment I made was that a tempo variation can help direct advancer to choose a winning call over the second double by intervenor. The fact that advancer chose wrongly by passing suggests, to me, that intervenor did bid in tempo and/or that advancer did not take advantage ...
A Tale of Two Auctions
Although I disagree with the last Pass by your teammate sitting West (with shortness in spades, I think he should advance 4NT), I applaud the ethics of your teammates. By many pairs, I would expect the nature of East's second double to be disclosed by its tempo. An in-tempo ...
A Tale of Two Auctions
Are East and West reversed?
Best plan to 10 tricks!
I'm inclined to think that I would have passed the 9 at Trick 3, with plans to finesse again when forced for a second time in clubs. If at least one diamond honor is onside, shouldn't I be limited to losing one in each non-spade suit, while winning ...
A clear case of aphasia, and yet . . .
At the risk of sounding insensitive, should we apply standards differently for different types of mental errors? A declarer calls for a card different from the card the declarer intends to call; a player places a card on the table different from the card the player intended to play. What ...
When Computers Deal Like We Used To
I think there is a big difference between Qxx and xx of their suit, and a moderate difference between AQ763 and AQ987 of diamonds. Taken together, those differences are enough to move a 2 overcall from the third best call (behind Pass and 1NT, either one of which seems ...
When Computers Deal Like We Used To
Opening lead of a heart seems percentage to me. Expecting defense to win first 6 tricks with rounded AKs and ruffs. Then J at Trick 7. 2 overcall does strike me as dangerous. Prefer Pass or 1NT.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A QTxx AKQxxx Ax
Double, convert 5 to 5; be hopeful if double is passed.

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