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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
10 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

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BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Diamond Life Master
Michael Rosenberg - John Hoffman
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Rafael Sacramento's bidding problem: AQJ42 AK654 86 3
In most of my partnerships, double of 2 is takeout and shows some extra values. Double of 2 or 2 is takeout but does not show or deny extra values.
Did anybody do anything wrong?
It looks like East-West forgot to play weak NT openings and missed their pretty good fit.
David Sackett's bidding problem: J95 5 AKQJ986 83
A smidge (or more) shy of a 4th seat Gambling 3NT.
How could we avoid losing 10 IMPs here
In most of my partnerships, opener would rebid 2 as a superaccept, showing a doubleton spade. This should be enough information for North to sign off instead of going to game, but it's close even then.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: Q632 6 K9764 AKT
I think that partner has the values and shape for 3, which is clearly forcing in my expectation. Partner could have balanced with a double with less clear direction. I am hoping that partner's club holding has enough texture that ruffs in my hand will not eat ...
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: JT A9532 AKT2 A2
Where is the doubler's second trick after a red suit ruff? Just curious.
Eric Hamilton's bidding problem: KT84 64 KT843 AJ
My preferred range is 12-16 for balancing 1NT after a one of a major opening, but the tenaces (especially in spades) add just enough.
Jay Michaels's bidding problem: KQJ2 AK4 KQ83 J4
In Warped 2/1, opener would rebid 2, artificial and showing about 16+ playing points. This was the first gadget in what became Warped 2/1 (originally named 2/1 Through a Fun House Mirror). It was based on the Cole convention article in Bridge World, along with various ...
Mentality of Cheating
Although money often is a factor, there are numerous cases of cheating when there is no money to be gained. Example with brief excerpts (sorry if the link is paywall): The SETI project relies on unpaid volunteers; the cheaters seem ...
Rich Newell's bidding problem: --- AKQ9765 5 AKQ82
In Warped 2/1, opener jumps in a suit after 2-2 to show a solid trump suit and initiate a spiral scan sequence that starts with first round controls. Opener and responder have this option in some 2/1 auctions.

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