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Jeff Sapire
Jeff Sapire
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Member Since
Dec. 18, 2010
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May 26
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Bridge Player
about me

I teach bridge for a living. (Before that I was in the sports betting business).

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My favourite bridge book is Culbertson's Red Book on Play.

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Reese and Kelsey are my two favourite authors - they opened my mind up to what bridge is really all about.

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I've represented my country, South Africa, in a few World Championships, and always look forward to coming up against the world's best players.

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When I think about how much of my life I've devoted to the game, I'm reminded of what the great writer, Somerset Maugham, said;-

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'I would have children taught it as a matter of course, just as they are taught dancing; in the end it will be more useful to them, for you cannot with seemliness continue to dance when you are bald and potbellied; nor, for that matter, can you with satisfaction to yourself or pleasure to your partner continue to play tennis or golf when you are well past middle age. But you can play bridge so long as you can sit up at a table and tell one card from another. In fact, when all else fails - sport, love, ambition - bridge remains a solace and an entertainment.'

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Jeff Sapire's bidding problem: AKJT864 --- AKJT3 5
While the original deal doesn't make any of the chosen actions right or wrong, it is of some interest. Partner held 4 A9764 872 Q752 The Egyptian east in the Closed Room bid 2 (Michaels), and over partner's 3 went straight to 6. South did ...
ATB
Though 4NT would be treated as Keycard by some, but natural (quantitative) by others, I don't see what difference those options make here. Surely 4 is 100% forcing (I'm assuming not Minorwood *) and it's obligatory for North to cue bid a red suit control, in case ...
Followup to the Well
Hi Jeff, Firstly, thanks (to you and Eric) for providing many of us with so much amazing and exciting bridge over the last number of years (mainly on BBO). Hopefully there'll be plenty more. A quick question: With 2 suited overcalls (Michaels)- do you prefer the 'weaker and stronger ...
The 10th trick
Maybe you're right, Rohit. When this hand arose, I was kibitzing, so that probably made things much easier.
1!C-1NT?
That's if you're playing transfer responses - which I did say weren't part of the methods to be considered for this poll. But thanks anyway.
1!C-1NT?
Phil and John, your questions are of course valid. But I can't deal with every angle. I've added in 15-17, and no transfer responses. Whether you play sound or light opening bids, answer accordingly.
Freezing the suit
Ok, interesting.
Freezing the suit
I based the final paragraph on the assumption that west needed more than 7 points for the re-opening double. But yes, ruffing the diamond is better.
Cui Culpa (who's to blame)
Leonard, the bidding continues beyond 5. Put you mouse on the grey vertical line (with the up and down arrows) just to the right of South, and scroll down.
Cui Culpa (who's to blame)
Curiosity got the better of me, so I looked up David's Latin post. With apologies to the elitists, it translates more or less to;- By a man in anger. Let injury be absent from these words.
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