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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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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 www.newenglandyouthbridge.org.
  • 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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Tricky Bridge: Playtest it now!
I look forward to the Android version being available. As someone who has designed bridge lessons for youth who have never before played -- or, usually, even heard of -- bridge, I look forward to reviewing your work. Although most of the youth with whom I have worked are iPhone users, I ...
Does Responding 2!c to 1!s on a 3=4=4=2 Shape Require an Alert?
This is a form of civil disobedience that I support. Triumph of principle over rule.
4SF question
Best bid to solicit 3NT by partner if partner holds a spade stopper.
How old fashioned are your doubles?
I am both pleased and surprised at the leading choices.
Raising 1-heart response with 3H and 4S
As an aside, I think that opener's propensity to raise responder's 1M to 2sameM on three card support is something that should be disclosed on a convention card. Having that information on the convention card would be helpful to the opponents and, as a kicker, to a newly ...
The dreaded double game swing
The Mrs. earned her kisses.
Raising 1-heart response with 3H and 4S
My ancestors would be surprised to discover that I must be part English. 2 would have been my choice, too. Sometimes responder, having five or more hearts, can rebid 4 (and we have minimized information leak, perhaps making a game that could have been defeated had we disclosed ...
What do these three-level competitive bids mean?
1A, but partner can/should run with 0-1 clubs; basically, I am showing a hand with a defensive orientation, think of a 4-4-3-2 hand with only four hearts and 10 HCP as an example. 2A, the only invitation for hearts available. 3B, obvious.
USBF invitational 1: My adventures on BBO, part 4
I have read of each of those two options and I, nothing close to an expert, think a third option makes most sense. Within the context of a hand that has overcalled 1, bidding a suit shows a hand with more offense than defense, (re) doubling shows a hand ...
6S or Not?
Is it a "very good slam", on a trump lead that is likely advertised by NS showing side suit shortnesses?
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