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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
21 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning a 1981 Sectional against strong LMs for Intermediate Player of the Year---back in the day!
Regular Bridge Partners
Burrell Humphreys, Irwin Miller, Marty Singer, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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How do you play the spades?
Yes. That’s probably what I was thinking Wednesday night.:)
How do you play the spades?
Ah. I should be more observant to the problem. At my table ther was no opposing bidding (1S-2C-2H-4S). Once I recognized the hand, I recalled the actual table conditions instead of looking at the bidding and the IMP problem. I don’t think I would try leading the queen, but ...
How do you play the spades?
I guess the question comes down to whether you are aiming for 1 loser or two. Playing low to ace and back loses 3 tricks only to KJTx with LHO which is only about 5.6%. The intrafinesse is surely the best play for 3 tricks (2 losers) and could ...
How do you play the spades?
I had no reason to think the king was on my left other than trump breaks were bad for several prior hands that night. I’m aware of the value of the intrafinesse but feared club ruffs so chose to reject it on this hand. I’ll check the math ...
How do you play the spades?
Then the problem was changed from the actual conditions. I played the hand At the last Wednesday nights mAtchpoints game. Under the change of conditions And with the actual lead of club ace and another, I would agree with low from dummy attempting to limit trump losses to two. Like ...
Road to the GNT Final Four, Semifinal Q2
Oh, yes. Didn’t see Easts ruff. Optical Illusion. Still would not pass 3C and I would wind up in 4S, down 1. BTDT:).
That 4D-5C hand again
Thank you all for participating, including actual partner and opponents at other table. Aside from the infinite debate about 1NT with this type of hand (I expected a fair vote for 1NT but not a modality), I am a bit surprised at the great resistance to reverse with this type ...
Road to the GNT Final Four, Semifinal Q2
Ai-Tai- agree with your analysis of 3C vs double. Bid where you live is always sound strategy, IMO. And like Mr. Fleet, I wouldn’t pass partners direct 3C overcall with the South hand. Also I may be having an optical illusion, but why would we need the spade 10 ...
How do you play the spades?
But what if you are trying to maximize tricks at mAtchpoints? Low to Ace and back (guessing if you see J or 10 with RHO has appeal for 11 tricks.
How do you play the spades?
I think that if you are playing Imps instead of mAtchpoints there is good reason to lead low to 9, then back to the 8, if you have already established 2 club discards. Otherwise low to ace and back seems percentage. And leasing the queeen wouldn’t far well if ...

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