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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
2 hours 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, Sue Fulton, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau, Peter Stein,
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Declare or defend?
I’m obviously having a blind spot/ senior moment. How about ONE club, them diamond (ducked). Now East can return a club after winning the second diamond. If declarer plays AK spade West will have QS to cash. What’s my blind spot?
Is this upgradeable?
Patrick: Not as good for NT as suits, correct. But still positively correlated with value for NT, and when you open you don’t know whether it will play in suit or NT, so hands with plethora of Aces and 10s and 5 card suits and synergies (AJTxx)are worth ...
Is this upgradeable?
That is because the K&R evaluator severely undervalues unsupported Jacks, counting only 0.30 for Jxx. Also only 3.8 for Ax and 3.9 for AT. Next time dummy shows up with Jxx or Qxx in spades, you will appreciate S10.
Transfer style question
There is almost always an excusable exception. Now for my original aphorism: “1NT making 2 is better than 4S making 3.” :-) I guess your spin would be 1 trick less in both cases.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJ5 A7 A65 K9764
And 1NT with Kx may be positionally better, but shortness and 1stop still makes it wrong, IMO.
Transfer style question
Always transfer. That’s what Larry Cohen Specifically advises. Saves energy. Always defensible in post mortems. Doesn’t mastermind.
Is this upgradeable?
I would upgrade playing 15-17, but I’m sure most of the players in my regular club would not, and to my observations that dsy, did not. The 5 card club suit with AJT combo overwhelms the Jxx weakness. As long as you do play 14+ to 17, what could ...
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Wasn’t there an old (very old) bidding “rule” or guideline that a strong 2 had to have more quick tricks than losers? Reminds me a a hand from Queens, NY in 1974. Red vs White I hold — —JT9x KQJT9xxx. (4losers) of course I didn’t open 2C, I Opened ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: Q84 93 852 AT874
Richard: “Inexperienced science fair experiments”?! At these colors and matchpoints, I think it would be very common in many field to see a Michaels bid that Weak, and even if so that would mean a cold game for opponents so I doubt we’d see a “massacre” even with that ...
Rotaru and Nistor Win LM Pairs
Terrific! Well done! Seeing you guys in action in local NY/NJ tournaments, we knew it was just a matter of time!

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