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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Aug. 3, 2010
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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 www.newenglandyouthbridge.org.
  • 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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UI: What does it suggest? (Part 3)
I, too, would like to see the wording of Law 16 modified to become clearer. But I also think that the existing wording of the law allows for the interpretation that Kit wants.
UI: What does it suggest? (Part 3)
If South chose some ludicrous call -- say 6 as an example -- one would conclude that the chosen call of 6 is not demonstrably suggested over a LA of Pass. So, I guess, the ludicrous call of 6 would not be disallowed. But ... who cares? Are EW likely ...
Auto-ducking to rectify the count
Ducking until you believe you have all the remaining tricks except one is good general advice. One still, however, has to watch, and maybe even count the cards. On the shown hand, for example, once you have ducked a club and won the continuation of clubs, you will note that ...
Unscientific ACBL Membership Poll
"Want to learn" and "be the best they can be" are two very different things. Speaking personally, I want very much to learn and become better. But "best I can be" means hiring pros to teach me when I am unwilling to spend money that way, prioritizing bridge over family ...
What signal do you give?
Given the failure to hold up the A at Trick 1, does it not seem likely that declarer owns the K? (Although it also seems as though declarer should have won the K at Trick 1, in order to mask this inference.) At any rate, I prefer pard to play ...
Unscientific ACBL Membership Poll
I think most players want to improve. The degree of effort they are willing to expend in order to improve varies greatly. Those who contribute to this website are willing to expend a lot of effort to improve. It is OK that others are willing to expend a lot less ...
What sort of strength does doubling and then making a free raise of partners response to the 2 level show?
Same hand as, if you were opener, you would raise responder's 1 response to 3.
Play plan at 4!S
Right on, David, about North's hand! I did lead a heart to dummy's queen at Trick 5. But then I returned a heart to the T and J, thinking that South being in lead is unlikely to hurt me. Defense lost its way, both because North had discarded ...
RHO open 1NT, you have 2524 and 15 points
Both sides NV and matchpoints I am bidding. Change the conditions, and I am unsure.
Can We Ever Play in Clubs
If opener plans on rebidding 1NT over responder's bid of opener's shorter major suit, then opener should choose to open his better minor 4-card minor, methinks. That way, should LHO (rather than responder) compete in opener's shorter major, and responder is on lead, responder will better choose ...
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