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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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Bridge Player
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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ACBL Elections Forum Created
By observation, there seems to be much confusion over where candidates should post. Bridge Winners, might you look into this, make the directions to candidates clearer, and even move some posts to the right area?
How to Get Average
I think the normal way of counting losers in a trump suit contract is to look at losers in just the long trump hand. Accordingly, on the first hand, presumptively declaring 4, discarding a diamond from North on South's extra club winner does not directly reduce the number ...
On counting tricks.
Jeff B, I have never looked at Bridge for Dummies, but I have looked extensively at Kantar's Introduction to Declarer Play and Introduction to Defenders Play. I selected those two books as the basis for how I teach youth beginners, and I have not regretted that choice at all.
ACBL Elections Forum
Looks to me like you have your eye on the Big Picture, John. good luck to you. May I be so bold as to offer two suggestions, however? 1. I suggest a focus on Table Count Building rather than Membership Count Building. Of course, increasing the number of ACBL members ...
On counting tricks.
Yes, bridge is about winning tricks. The tricks won by our side -- we call them "winners" -- and the tricks won by the opponents -- we call them "losers". I would submit that if you teach a beginner only about the first, you are missing much of the picture. Some examples of ...
On counting tricks.
I think posters are approaching the post from different perspectives. The perspective I think is being asked is, how would you teach a beginner to plan the declarer play? That is a MUCH different perspective from how does an experienced player plan the play. I suspect that those of you ...
On counting tricks.
If we're talking beginners, the target is to make the contract you are declaring and defeat the contract the opponents are declaring. The vagaries of matchpoint scoring is not/should not be highly important to a beginner; making or defeating the contract is enough to burden the beginner.
On counting tricks.
A problem with a beginning declarer focusing on counting just declarer's winners in a trump suit contract is that such focus overlooks the importance of counting the defenders' winners. As an example, think of the difference, when declaring a trump suit contract, between the defenders having led a side ...
On counting tricks.
Well, certainly declarer needs to count at least his winners and the opponents' winners. Elsewise, how can you teach something like a hold-up play? Because we teach our youth beginners notrump play first, the concepts of count winners/develop more winners is established before the beginners are introduced to trump ...
How and when do you try for slam - or don't you?
I don't agree that 5 over opener's spade bid is necessarily asking for a club control. I think it is just showing extras when compared to 4 as an alternative bid. That being said, I don't understand why partner would bid 4 after (my ...

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