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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
an hour 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

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BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
Michael Rosenberg - John Hoffman
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Jess Cohen's bidding problem: Q974 K74 KQ 9865
In Warped 2/1, a 3 response to 1NT is Puppet Stayman, but opener rebids 3NT with a mediocre 4 card major. That approach could be right for this hand, but it will miss some playable 4-4 fits. Note: The 1NT opening bid denies two 4 card major ...
Jack Hawthorne's bidding problem: J632 T73 KQ A832
What is my plan if I pass now and partner balances with a double? One advantage of acting immediately is my relatively small point range due to being a passed hand.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: A75 KQ97 4 KQ754
3 makes it easy for partner to cue bid with extras, or temporize with Non-serious 3NT.
Andy Caranicas's bidding problem: KQ2 A KT82 AKQ85
I'm ok with opening 1 with this shape and another point or two. We rarely pass 1 with a 5 card suit, and I would not feel sick if partner passed with most balanced hands.
Tom Allan's bidding problem: QT3 K6542 75 AJ8
At many other tables, the bidding would probably start 1 or 1 - pass - 1 - 1 or 1 or 1 - pass - pass - 1 In either case, you will have a more affordable rebid regardless of opener's action over 1S. In the actual auction ...
Martin Lindfors's bidding problem: T9 AT2 AQ86532 T
This might be a more interesting problem in 3rd or 4th seat.
Stefano Merlo's bidding problem: QT6 --- QT54 KT9864
This hand is too good for 3D. 1NT is the "none of the above" response with about 6 to 9 high card points, regardless of shape. I plan to bid clubs after the opponents compete in one or both majors.
József Szikszai's bidding problem: AK72 K2 8764 K84
Way back in the previous millenium, I recall learning that 4 card major openings in 3rd or 4th seat should be made with less than sound opening values when playing 5 card majors. This hand is clearly a sound opening bid. Having said that, I do not recall the rationale ...
Ned Kohler's bidding problem: 65 A4 KQJ7654 Q7
2NT would be right with this holding when playing Good-Bad 2NT, enabling 3D to be a sound invite.
Emanuel Evacic's bidding problem: Q8643 42 KT94 J9
We have at least 8 cards in spades, and partner will be ruffing diamonds behind LHO. Definitely not interested in defending below the 3 level when we have a fit.

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