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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
Feb. 21
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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Rich Newell's bidding problem: Kx T9xxx Kxx Kxx
This is not close. It would be an obvious 3H bid even if the hand were changed in either of these ways: 1. change minor suit King to a Queen in the same suit 2. change a small heart to a small minor suit card
1NT or not?
In Warped 2/1, a 15-17 1NT opening bid denies 4-4 or better in the majors, while a 2NT opening bid is for the minors. We find almost all of our 4-4 major fits.
You Be the Coach - Part I
Fairly similar in Warped 2/1. 2C rebid is Cole (F1, which leaves a lot of room for responder and then opener to clarify). 3C, 3H, 3S are all 4 card raises of responder.
After 2!h double negative to 2!c
In Warped 2/1 (and some other partnerships), opener's rebids of 2NT through 3NT are non-forcing after 2C-2H. Opener's 2S rebid is a game forcing relay to 2NT. The above is based on 2H showing 0-3 high card points. Responder bids 2D with a king and no other ...
Okan Zabunoglu's bidding problem: 864 AK5 --- KQJ9872
5C might make. Regardless, it probably is a transfer for the opponents to 5H at this vulnerability.
How Do You Raise -Part 2
2S looks right by an unpassed hand. As a passed hand, this would be an obvious 2C invite (Reverse Drury), especially if this shows exactly 3 trumps. The invite is affordable, and partner should be expecting a good 9 to any 11 points in support.
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: Q76 AJT8 94 AKQ9
It seems likely that opener has 2 or fewer spades and partner has 3 or more spades. If partner can cover some of my losers in diamonds and spades, then I expect partner to have acted over 4D.
Daniel Sonner's bidding problem: AQJ6 A8 AJ5 QJ73
4S in common methods. 3H (artificial game force in spades without a singleton or void) in Warped 2/1, leaving more room for slam exploration.
Andy Stark's bidding problem: AJ872 KQT4 5 AQ5
Partner will raise 3S to 4S with honor-doubleton or maybe even small doubleton in spades. In that case, 4S might play ok, but it seems hard to explore effectively for slam. Meanwhile, 6C has good chances if partner shows 2 keycards, and 5C looks safe.
Matthew Dyer's bidding problem: Q63 J63 JT AKT83
I would consider defending at this level with fewer than 3 cards in opener's major. As it is, this looks like an invite to me.

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