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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
21 hours ago
Member Type
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

Bridge Information

BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
Michael Rosenberg - John Hoffman
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Conventions that work best (when they don't come up)
In Warped 2/1, doubles by advancer to show Ace or King in overcaller's suit are much more common. It's like playing "Go Fish" (same goes for spiral scan honor asks). Definitely agree on the benefit for opening leads. On BBO, we self-alert a pass to deny the ...
Bruno Furlan's bidding problem: 32 T72 AKQJT Q63
S. Garton Churchill told my father not to make lead-directing overcalls in their partnership because Churchy did not need any help on opening lead.
Daisuke Sugimoto's bidding problem: AKT9 K6 KJT6 A84
In most of my partnerships, the jump to 3D shows a hand on which opener should not rebid 3NT with a balanced 18-19 points. In Warped 2/1, responder would jump to 2S over the 1H overcall to show 5+ cards in opener's minor and 5-9 high card points.
Walter Schmid's bidding problem: A54 3 AQJ9 AJ854
I intended to cancel my comment completely but do not see how to do that.
Henry Sun's bidding problem: A AT2 Q643 A8532
I think pass is right if partners tend to overcall 1NT with upgraded 14s and flat 15s. Same if they double 1S with flat or offshape 12-14 point hands.
Bidding problem What is your guess?
In Warped 2/1, 1D-any response-2C is artificial, showing a hand worth about 16+ playing points (in other words, a variant of the Cole convention). This treatment can help with "death hands" like this. No such thing as a free lunch disclaimers... We work around the absence of a natural ...
Bid or Pass?
Playing Warped 2/1, I would open 2N (5-5 or better in the minors, about 11-13 hcp in 4th seat) because it puts both minors in play, and makes it difficult for the opponents to find a fit if they have one. When playing other methods, the decision has too ...
How Bid This Deal?
I would expect East to bid 3NT after 2S by West. East would have doubled 2D to show values with another point or two.
How would your auction go?
My partner Stephen Tu specifically suggested playing this canape treatment in our relatively brief preparation for playing in yesterday's sectional team game in Livermore, CA. It was new to me but seemed useful. It did not come up yesterday, but I knew exactly what to do for this bidding ...
Paul D East's bidding problem: A3 AKT K AKQJ863
I have asked my partner to allow asking for the trump J in spiral scan in our Warped 2/1 system, but she said that she does not have enough toes to count that high.

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