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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • Still improving as a player.  Do not look forward to the time when my skills will plateau.
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  • 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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pass fail
West obviously cannot pass 3. Since his chosen call of 3 is below 3, is it clear that 3 is a game try in spades? Can it not be an offer of a different trump suit (because East might have only 3 spades and yet 4 ...
Weak raise of Doubled Major Alertable?
Always say, "we have two ways to raise to 2M; this way is less than constructive raise strength, expecting maybe 4-7". Hard to imagine the downside of that practice.
What's the ethical action here?
"Why wouldn't that opener bid 3NT?" If the partners were on the same wavelength, because opener, by bidding 3, would be showing a slam-suitable hand for clubs (as well as a hand that would accept a quantitative invitation to 3NT).
Is anyone to blame?
Steve, with such a weak hand, I think responder should have either chosen to break discipline by passing 2 reverse, or, better, bid a presumptively-lebensohl 2NT, planning to pass 3 (and hoping that opener has six clubs). 2 (forcing to 2NT per OP) would not have been ...
Is anyone to blame?
In context, South's 3 bid looks right to me. How else to reach 3NT when not holding a heart stopper?
Is anyone to blame?
I don't care for North's 2 bid. What is more important, showing the fifth spade or showing support for partner's club suit when holding a full opening bid opposite partner's strength-showing reverse? Not a close decision at all, IMO. Yeah, 6 turned out to ...
Alerting in USA?
"Jeff are you suggesting that the 1NT rebid showing 15-17 is a negative inference?" Not intentionally, JoAnn, although I certainly can see what I wrote can be interpreted that way. As noted upthread, a rebid of 1NT as 15-17 is alertable in ACBL, although I feel it would be more ...
Vote as you wish
Joshua, I just read your bio. (Btw, your bio is missing a link to your book.) I fully expected your daughter to be counting only to 13! So ... how much older must she be before she learns to identify and name the suits and understand the rank of cards above ...
Alerting in USA?
I should also mention that the actively ethical player should, IMO, announce the negative inferences before the opening lead is faced, if that player's side is declaring the hand. (When I do this, I get lots of "thank you's" from the better players, and lots of looks of ...
Alerting in USA?
Generally speaking (I think) bids that offer negative inferences are not alertable in US. This is objectionable in the sense that this means that the opponents are not directly offered information that is sytemically known to the bidders. However, it is beneficial in that the auction is not interrupted with ...

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