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Jeff Sapire
Jeff Sapire
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Dec. 18, 2010
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about me

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


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


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


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.


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;-


'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.'



South Africa

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Jeff Sapire's bidding problem: 7 AQJ43 KJT54 65
With say x AQJxx KJ10xx AJ don't you just bid 3NT?
The Fallacy of Restricted Choice
In a Bridge World of the 60's (or maybe early 70's) there was an article on Restricted Choice (I'll try find it). It ended with a remark something like 'if you disagree with this, please come up to our offices sometime, but bring your cheque book.'
An unusual squeeze
'This write-up makes it sound like winning the club ace was an error.' That was not the intention, and it should never have been construed as such. I clearly inserted the GIB information purely for the double dummy analysis, without any suggestion that east had misplayed the hand.
What is a Bloomer?
I recall reading about it in a Bridge World over 20 years' ago. I could be wrong, because the example below doesn't have partner showing shortage in my first suit, but I think it could apply here too. xxxxx xx AQ AKxx 1-2; 2NT-3; 4 ...
Ivey (Appellant) v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords (Respondents)
Maybe Dr. Thorpe made money at blackjack by colluding with casino dealers but thousands of card counters have taken out tens of millions of $ worldwide without any such collusion. That is why 'continuous shuffling machines' were introduced - a card counter is guaranteed to show a profit in the long run ...
Ivey (Appellant) v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords (Respondents)
What does it mean to say that a player gets to 'choose who to play against at a blackjack table'? If I join a table with say five others, I'm not playing 'against these players' - we are all playing against the 'house.' So the moment I join a table ...
Jeff Sapire's bidding problem: K642 AKQ9652 A 5
Fair comment about partner's 4 bid, as opposed to double. But, for the 4 bidders, change the hand to;- AQJ J QJxxxx Axx and it's still a shocking result. Without assigning the blame, I think 4 is way too little.
Jeff Sapire's bidding problem: K642 AKQ9652 A 5
Partner had AQJx J QJxxx Axx 7NT best; 7 next; and also 7 - but I think just reaching 6 (of something) would be reasonable. Over a 4 rebid I can't see any reason to continue.
Jeff Sapire's bidding problem: K642 AKQ9652 A 5
I'll wait for some more votes to come in and then give partner's hand. (Not that it proves or disproves anything - but I think it will be of interest).
Danny Sprung's bidding problem: KJ4 AQJ62 9842 T
I'd pass at Matchpoints, but bid 4 playing Teams. But I'm really not sure what the % action is here. All I know is, I wouldn't like to have this decision opposite a result-merchant partner. With the 'right' minimum Qxxx Kxxx Ax xxx 4 is pretty ...

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