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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Aug. 3, 2010
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about me

Bridge musings:

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  • 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 www.newenglandyouthbridge.org.
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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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http://jeff.bridgeblogging.com/

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Gold Life Master
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6!C defensive problem
Maybe these thirteen cards? AQx, QJxx, KQ, Axxx. Btw, was meaning of 3 asked?
6!C defensive problem
I know what I think my partner's Trick 1 signal should be ... and hope that we have discussed the same. Obvious Shift suit is diamonds; so, if pard owns A or K, I should know so.
The books have got to go.... Part II
An aside, but perhaps a relevant aside ... I wonder how the ACBL documents the duties of directors. Is there a user's manual (I am not talking about Laws of Bridge; I am talking about standards, such as that for documenting a defense to a pre-alert convention)? Or is knowledge ...
How do you play this 2NT bid?
Two places to play: advancer should have two four-card (or maybe longer) suits and intervenor should have four cards in at least one of those two suits.
The books have got to go.... Part II
+1 to Ed Reppert's comment reproduced below: " (Ed quoting Carl Hudecek in this first paragraph) "Due to systems complexity of the modern game, kids are not interested in learning it. That's why I think the rules of bridge should mandate extreme simplicity, so that bridge can be an ...
The books have got to go.... Part II
Well, "mollycoddling" is standard for the ACBL -- I actually prefer the term "pandering". "Protecting" players from having to compete against better players and "protecting" players from having to play against unfamiliar conventions is all part of this standard of pandering to players ... all done, to my chagrin, without much cost ...
Assess the blame (12)
Everyone comfortable with South's initial 3 overcall?
Transfers over a takeout double
Transfers and switches: the bidding tools of the experts; gratuitous disclosure to the opponents and guesses for partner, the bidding tools of my general peer group. Sigh!
The books have got to go.... Part II
Yes, issues of understandability can be sourced both to severity of detail and to severity of explanatory language. Both need to be addressed. Is, for example, Option 1 to Multi really the simplest option that is at all acceptable, or can something simpler, even though less complete, be provided? (Here ...
The books have got to go.... Part II
Thank you for that, Andrew. Upthread, I raised the issue about whether the problems that JoAnn was mentioning might be caused by: (1) the difficulty of understanding the written ACBL defenses; or (2) the fact that ANY written defense had to be presented. Having reviewed Andrew's cite, I do ...
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