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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Aug. 3, 2010
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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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Ruling, please!
Would matters be affected at all if East's hand were something like 3=2=4=4, so that it would appear that EACH partner was playing 2 as a one-suiter, even though their convention cards said hearts/minor two suiter?
Mentor game - Ideas. Call for ideas.
Tom, do you think the Ask the Expert post-session works best when the Expert selects the hands and issues to be discussed or when the Lesser Experienced Players select the hands and issues to be discussed? I was sort of thinking about the latter (although avoiding questions proving that "my ...
Mentor game - Ideas. Call for ideas.
I've often wondered why club managers do not hold Ask the Expert sessions immediately after a game. The club managers would have to carefully select the Expert -- my thinking is that the player does not have to be an expert, but the player must be pretty good and definitely ...
A mistake made against me (or, how do we teach counting and inference)?
I am betting that what Ian meant, when he used the word "rule", was really the word "guideline". I don't consider myself a seasoned bridge teacher. But I think the best approach to teaching beginners is to share a general objective -- here, that objective might be discard only cards ...
Abraham Fisher's bidding problem: J2 Txxxxx JTxxx ---
The bidding suggests that partner has a semi-balanced hand -- this is assuming the opponents are LOTT-abiders and so partner has a doubleton spade. I am not at all sure he will take another call, especially because he realizes that the rank of the suits forces my hand to bid a ...
Abraham Fisher's bidding problem: J2 Txxxxx JTxxx ---
Why, on the auction given by opponents, would I expect either of them to bid 4?
ATB: -710
Agree that never supporting partner is dangerous. However, if you agree with the first double (I do; I would think at that stage, it is likely that the opponents have overstepped. Because of your "at once" comment, I suspect you disagree), recognize that your next decision is at the four ...
A mistake made against me (or, how do we teach counting and inference)?
Would be an interesting "lesson hand" to set up a deal where a student holds J432 of a side suit (where dummy holds AKxx) and a bunch of higher spot cards in the other side suits, and illustrate why the 2 would not be a good choice of discard.
A mistake made against me (or, how do we teach counting and inference)?
Well ... we do teach as part of attitude signaling in discarding to avoid signaling with a card that will win a trick. However, the lesson plans do not get into the detail of defining "a card that will win a trick" as being a "length parity" card. Rightly or wrongly ...
ATB: -710
Might the auction have been the same if East's K and South's A were swapped?

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