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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
Dec. 11
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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Jim Olson's bidding problem: 763 KQJ843 QT A4
I expect partner to have a void or singleton in Hs.
Steve Fama's bidding problem: 5 AKT62 Q543 A32
In Warped 2/1, we almost always start with 2NT to show a game forcing hand with at least 4 trumps. However, 2NT is not Jacoby. Our rebid structure allows opener to take control (or not) and includes Non-Serious 3NT by either partner. It also saves some bidding room which ...
Steve Zolotow's bidding problem: K2 AKT653 763 92
Even in a modern light style, the minus factors add up on this one: shape, spots, two spades (not three).
Garbage Stayman or Invitational
In Warped 2/1, a 2S rebid after 1N-2C; 2D or 2H shows exactly 5 spades with a singleton and about 6 to 7 hcp. Opener can bid 2N with 3 spades and a non-minimum to ask for the suit of the singleton. This method occasionally gets us to good ...
Selena Pepić's bidding problem: T92 AT82 A82 A63
If partner shows a non-minimum hand, then 3N has good chances.
Some help needed.
Support double on through the suit below 2 of our major. Double of a cue bid of our major shows 3 card support with any range, or 4 card support with less than an invite.
1 Major-1NT in 2/1
Semi-forcing has the advantage that the next opponent does not know if opener will give them another chance to bid.
Revoke Prevention Responsibility
Are you consistently asking every time they fail to follow for the first time? Possibly extreme example: NT contract, and everyone follows to the first three rounds, then declarer plays the 13th card in the suit.
Ron Smith's bidding problem: J98642 AJT43 A K
3H bidders appear to be hoping for exactly 3 hearts in partner's hand and an opening lead that is not a heart.
Revoke Prevention Responsibility
I do not see a logical difference between using the stop card some of the time and asking "no more (whatever)?" some of the time. Yes, the law is not the same in both cases, but the result is.

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