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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.

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ACBL Ranking
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Who should penalize opponents?
A couple have commented on North's bidding 6. Why? Would not the auction be the same as it was if South's distribution were unchanged but his minor suit king were in clubs, rather than diamonds?
Who should penalize opponents?
By not having preempted and yet later bidding 4, North has shown a fit for South's suit. South, on the other hand, does not have a fit for North's suit. That's one reason for South to be the doubler and North to let South decide. Another ...
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: AK8762 98 KQ65 3
Partner held the shown hand and chose 2. In our post mortem I favored the majority choice of 2. Opener bid a third club. With J94, AT54, J7, QJ85, I chose not to double 3, being influenced by my estimate that, in spite of my surprise holding ...
Jeff Lehman's lead problem: T KQ7652 J8642 K
Partner chose the K as opening lead, while I favor a red suit lead. The opponents had a 5-5 club fit. I think the opening lead mattered less than my non-optimal defense, which converted +500 into +200 only. Even though our side can’t make a game, the compression of ...
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: --- K976 J97 QJT963
Partner held the shown hand in a club matchpoints event. He chose to open 3. The opponents had 4-4 fits in both major suits but can be held to eight tricks in either major. 3 was passed out. The play developed nicely for partner and we received an ...
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: KQJ875 AK8 Q9 98
I held the hand and felt torn between trying for game and passing. The polled players felt similarly, with only a slight majority opting for a further call. I did bid on, choosing 2NT, a conventional call in our agreements (Nagy raises?) where responder bids the lowest ranking suit in ...
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: 3 A643 2 QT75432
Partner chose 5. That seemed a bit much to me, although 5 is the most popular answer in the poll. Even though opener happened to have four clubs (AQT98, JT, JT, KJ98) -– he could have had only three and taken the same auction --, one trick in each non-spade ...
Jacoby 2 NT response
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Katz, Levin, Rodwell Elected to HOF
Happy birthday, guys. Having been born in 1957, each of the three new inductees have much to celebrate upon having turned the HOF eligible age of 60.
Overtrick guess
Putting this all together, opening leader held something like 98xx, Qxxx, xx, Axx. Leading the A would not be among my top choices on such a hand: on what extra red suit winners of dummy is declarer pitching a small club?

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