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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
11 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
Gold Life Master
Michael Rosenberg - John Hoffman
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Craig Zastera's bidding problem: 75 T632 T9865 QT
I might bid once in a while if the spade 5 were moved into the club suit. Pass avoids distracting partner, who holds all of our high cards, on opening lead.
Gregory Gauthier's bidding problem: T9853 A9632 T6 5
In Warped 2/1, the 2H bid shows 5+ S, 4+ H (same as Mark), and 0 to a bad 9 high card points. Regardless of point range, I think that the jump to 2H over opener's minor is moderately common. It gives opener the information to bid boldly ...
Redouble vs Suit Bid
New suits by responder at the one level are not forcing by a passed hand.
Michael Rosenberg's bidding problem: 9 8 AK52 KJ97542
I would have used Good-Bad 2NT if it were available instead of 3C. Meanwhile, partner might have bid 3D or 3H to suggest alternatives to 3NT.
Rajeev Jog's bidding problem: 9xx Tx JT9 AK8xx
This hand is not worth an invite despite the texture. It is too good for a weak 3C raise. This would be a 2S bid in Warped 2/1, showing 5+ cards in opener's minor and 5-9 high card points.
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: AT64 A AKJ73 K95
We changed the name to Warped 2/1 because it was easier to say than "2 over 1 through a fun house mirror".
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: AT64 A AKJ73 K95
3C in Warped 2/1, showing a shapely invite or better with 4 spades.
Rohit Gupta's bidding problem: 3 A863 AQ86 AJ75
I think this hand is at the top of range for an invite, and possibly better than that due to the aces. A simulation might be very informative.
Shawn Drenning's bidding problem: K8 K8 AKT872 AQ8
Playing Warped 2/1, I would open 1D, planning to rebid 2C (Cole, artificial, appx 16+ playing points).
How light can your 1M responses to 1D be?
In many partnerships, I would respond with 0 high card points if I had a 5 card major.

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