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Leah Newell
Leah Newell
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Basic Information

Member Since
April 3, 2014
Last Seen
May 18
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Certified  bridge teacher and director.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Teaching preteens. Declarer in his 2 level contract won all 13 tricks. The pair shouted and gave high fives. Successful teaching moment exemplified by youthful enthusiasm!
Bridge Accomplishments
20+ blue ribbon qualifiers and always playing as ethically as I can.
Regular Bridge Partners
Terry Goodykoontz, Stewart Angel
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Springfield, IL
Favorite Tournaments
anything in Champaign/St Louis/St Charles MO ... They organize the best sectionals and regionals.
Favorite Conventions
precision with some meckwell flavor, 2/1 with many Hardy endorsed gadgets
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Mea Culpa
After reading about the health triage being forced in Italy, I am super happy to be isolated for awhile, a long while, and that others limit their contagion by being isolated as much as possible. I am one of the patients that will be prioritized as not having enough chance ...
Episode 14: Meck
Thank you to both interviewer and interviewee. I have run across many of the names mentioned during my last 20+ years of duplicate and learned great lessons, especially from the pros. Jeff is like part of the DNA of American bridge. Insights into his bridge experiences make for a nice ...
2019 Buffett Cup
This is playing now for we insomniacs 3am cst. What a great chance to see great bridge in action.
Back to Basics, assumptions about WJOs
I agree - not an optimum wjo but further compounded, more shameful, is my not advancing to 4S.
Back to Basics, assumptions about WJOs
So, given AQJxxx in spades and nothing outside, why not just overcall 1S? It is lead directing. Why jump to 2S and preempt pd? With a suit that can stand two leads into it and won't get killed if played at the 1 level, why make a wjo rather ...
Mark Kinzer's bidding problem: AT7 KQ53 AQ76 KQ
Doesn't a 2D response deny a 4 card major plus D support? I would make a neg X with both then if opener picked the wrong major I, responder, could retreat to our diamond fit. Presumably from answers to this bidding problem I am mistaken.
In The Beginning
Continuing to encourage beginners and intermediate level players to stay away from open games and tournaments keeps them from learning rules. I have seen the rules from being taught even to players after they have played duplicate in ACBL sanctioned clubs for over ten years so their desire to continue ...
You must follow the Laws
Steve, it is great that you give lessons to beginners that include education with rationale about the laws. This makes your students more comfortable with tournament play and to expect director calls rather than be offended by them like so many newer club players are unfortunately trained to do. The ...
Open Denver Discussion Thread
I have read through this thread and several items come up that can change. First is the location of this holiday NABC. I doubt familues will want to lure their immediate or extended families to join the bridge player during the holiday unless it is a location with non-bridge attractions ...
Mike Passell Wins 18,000 Masterpoints on Appeal
I think experts and pros should be held to the highest standards when deciding if rules were violated, similar to any competition in any endeavor in life. Not calling a director rather than choosing to adjust a board oneself, is an egregious violation by an expert that knows all of ...

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