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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
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.

Bridge Information

ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Video Introduction of Bridge for School Administrators
FWIW, here is an answer to a FAQ from the website of New England Youth Bridge, Inc. Why Should Young People Learn to Play Bridge? Bridge is fun.. Nearly every young person who has learned to play bridge enjoys the game and the friendships developed ...
Video Introduction of Bridge for School Administrators
Sue Johnson, your willingness to accept constructively intended criticism and act upon such criticism is laudable and far too infrequent in these days of entrenched partisanship. Thank you for your efforts, past and future.
Video Introduction of Bridge for School Administrators
Hmm. I prefer the generic strategy and outwitting approach of the video to math and programming. I think the former would be more appealing to kids. Of course, how kids, parents, and school administrators will be attracted to bridge will differ. And a short video might have to appeal to ...
Video Introduction of Bridge for School Administrators
Interesting. I wish they hadn't chosen to demonstrate bridge for newbies by showing a tournament with screens, but rather had shown just sets of four kids at plain tables. I like the general approach of the first video, emphasizing the intellectual and strategic aspects of bridge and yet distinguishing ...
My Orlando Regional, ACBL masterpoints, and big players make big bids
Yes, it is true (IMO) that ACBL master point awards severely underweight strength of field. However, (again IMO), ACBL master point awards do not sufficiently recognize "relative contribution". In winning your KO, you represented 1/4 of your winning team; in winning the pairs, Nielih represented 1/2 of the ...
Bridge clubs and regulations.
Although I am not a director, I think applying the attributes of empathy and education would go a long way toward allowing directors to rule according to the Laws of Bridge without upsetting customers ... or at least the customers a director should focus on keeping happy. Most positions of leadership ...
Double after game force has been set
Pure penalty. Expecting responder to pass 2X unless responder has 3+ spades or 0-1 diamonds and 10+ rounded cards.
Help needed with a player upset with a director's ruling
Q: "One of the players in my club got an adverse ruling, and now he's upset. How should I deal with that?" A: According to your interpretation of the Laws, while humbly and empathetically being educational.
Help needed with a player upset with a director's ruling
North did not give the partnership agreement. North said "weak", even though "North-South had previously been advised to disclose their wide ranging preemptive style when asked.". Would not be clear to me at all that North having failed to give the partnership agreement was UI to South. As I noted ...
Ellis Feigenbaum's Post
Jeff B, I don't believe it is feasible for ACBL to identify a player as "we developed for them". If you want to raise some other way for ACBL to reward teaching, I am willing to listen, but I don't support the concept of a club "owning" a ...

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