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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
April 24
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Bridge Player
about me

I started playing bridge when 6 high card points was the minimum for a one level response. I followed my parents' advice ("Never become a bridge pro"), and became a software professional instead, specializing in build, release, and infrastructure.

I compete well at times against high level opposition if I maintain focus and personal energy at the table. Play 2/1 with lots of gadgets, some borrowed and some home grown. Favorites include Good-Bad 2N, XYZ, Non-serious 3N. 

United States of America

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Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AQ5 AKQ63 943 63
This hand looks like a sound invite after the 1S response. I would rather bid 3S than 2S or 2D. All of those choices make an original 1N opener look better all the time. Extra action for 1N if you play 3C as Puppet Stayman.
Tom Edwards's bidding problem: AQT7 4 KJ853 K84
I expect the responsive doubler not to have as many as 4 spades. I am ok with doubling with 3 or more in the unbid major and ok with partner bidding with 4 cards in that major (even at the 3 level). This approach works well with classic on-shape doubles ...
Abraham Fisher's bidding problem: AKQ9 AQ93 43 KT6
For most of us, 2H shows a 4th heart and about 13-16 points in support (i.e. competitive not invitational). We could go down in 3H, but partner could also have 7 or 8 points in support, in which case we want to be in game.
Patrick Bocken's bidding problem: --- QTxxx AKxxx QTx
I expect East will raise to 4S (if not higher) so I'm bidding 4S now while I have a chance. This will not show the void, and gives up on hearts, but it gives us some chance of declaring at the right level in diamonds.
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: A74 AK AQ73 QT92
In Warped 2/1, 4C over a preemptive 3S by RHO is a slam try in hearts whenever hearts have been bid or implied by our side (and the 4C bidder has not precluded slam interest by a previous call). So this is an easy pass of 4H.
Donald Lurie's bidding problem: T KQ9 AJ94 AQ864
Systemically rebid 1N with 11-16 and a singleton in responder's major in Warped 2/1. Might consider 2D reverse if there had not been a double on my left but now the honors look soft and chances of game have been significantly reduced.
Does position change whether to open 1Maj or 1NT?
I would open 1NT because I mildly dislike rebidding 2D with this hand after 1S-1NT. I would be happier with 1S if the minor suit holdings were exchanged, allowing a more palatable 2C rebid. I expect that those who play BART should be happy to open 1S, planning to rebid ...
Peter Hasenson's bidding problem: T54 KT95 98 J532
Would most 3C bidders do the same if opener's range were 20-21 points?
David Boxley's bidding problem: KJ942 KT62 J QJ6
I think 3S is preemptive in this situation. J-6th and a singelton would be ok, or perhaps a smidge better but not much.
Steve Zolotow's bidding problem: J86 AQ6 T972 JT3
Despite the flat shape and concern about partner's trump length getting tapped by D leads, this has got to be close to the threshhold of a sound competitive raise. If I pass and partner balances with a double, I will bid 3S (right?) and partner will expect me to ...

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