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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
Aug. 15
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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ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
Michael Rosenberg - John Hoffman
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West's pass of 2S is hopeless. Meanwhile, "can make 4H" is a stretch, especially if West is declarer. North probably should find a club switch (club, club, ruff) after cashing a high spade at trick 1.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: AK532 QJT Q95 A9
I would open 1NT with this hand in order to avoid the 2D rebid after a 1NT response. This hand is not worth 2NT over a 1NT response.
Daryl Fisher's bidding problem: Q65432 AJ3 T7 KQ
This looks like XYZ. Works for me.
Mike Ma's bidding problem: K T9832 AJ76 A62
I think that a 2N rebid after 1S-1NT-2m would be ok in a non-Precision 2/1 auction. Playing Precision, I expect the low end for a 1S opener to be about a point lighter, which improves the case for not forcing to game.
David Liu's bidding problem: KQT762 K75 Q753 ---
In 3rd seat at favorable vul, most of my partners are expecting 5 or 6 spades, not necessarily good.
Where did East-West go so far wrong on this hand?
5S doubled should be down 2, so the key appears to be not doubling 5H.
Robin Hillyard's bidding problem: AQ76542 K8 K64 4
If I rebid 2S, partner will invite with most 10 counts and all 11 counts. How many of the remaining hands belong in game? How many are good enough for 3S to be safe?
Rich Newell's bidding problem: QT864 7432 J852 ---
For many of us, 2H would be pass or correct, but 2S would be an invite after 1NT-2C-2D.
Craig Zastera's bidding problem: A4 9 Q953 AKT842
My partner seems likely to have a heart stack, while the opponents seem likely to have a spade fit. I'm offshape for a balancing double, so I will bid my hand and hope partner can use a source tricks in NT.
Jacek Kalita's bidding problem: Ax --- KQJT8xx J9xx
I would have bid 5D earlier and left the last guess to the opponents. Bonus: it might help partner to find a H lead on defense.

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