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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
15 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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Diamond Life Master
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Are you kidding me?
I cannot imagine coming in over the 2D response without first reading their convention card.
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: Q A75 AK965 AT93
Ace empty third with a singleton can play well even opposite 4 small, and often very well opposite 5 small.
Ian Rowlands's bidding problem: T9 A65 653 AK743
In Warped 2/1, we use Good-Bad 2NT directly after a 2-level preempt, so the 3H bid is an invite. This approach adds accuracy and active ethics to this situation.
Ian Rowlands's bidding problem: Q Q9872 AJT4 QJT
I would pass even if 3 is a clear invite based on agreement to go through 2NT with a competitive raise.
Reasonable pre-empt?
This is a hand with a 7 card minor that is not worth an opening bid. It will be too hard for partner to guess the suit length after an initial pass, so I'm not waiting around, despite the misplaced honors.
Itzik Ezra's bidding problem: 72 KQJ9852 652 T
3 seems like an underbid with 7 very good trumps at favorable vul. LHO does not have an affordable cue bid over 4.
Phil Clayton's bidding problem: KJ83 AKQJ 3 A963
In Warped 2/1, 4 after 3 by RHO (preempt or raise of a preempt) is an artificial slam try in hearts if hearts have been bid by either of us. In this case, the negative double shows 4+ hearts.
Steve Myerson's bidding problem: KQ AQ95 KJ43 JT9
LHO might have only 11 hcp, and RHO might have 4 hcp and a singleton. In Warped 2/1, double can be very light with appropriate shape in this situation, so we play Lebensohl by advancer.
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: AK752 32 AKJ 432
I prefer 1NT because I really dislike rebidding 2 with 432 after a 1NT response.
Andreas Babsch's bidding problem: AQ6543 43 J52 A6
In my experience, relatively few partnerships have clear agreements about handling interference in this type of situation.

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