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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
4 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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Treatments over 1NT with 5-card major
I like the idea of other uses for Puppet at 2level that deemphasize the 5 card major angle, which I find relatively unimportant. While I do regularly open 1NT with 5CM, I would always be 5332 and almost always with some coverage in doubleton, and over 45 years this has ...
Treatments over 1NT with 5-card major
If partner asks and you bid 2M, then invites elsewhere, you can rebid the major with a better than average hand (an acceptance). That natural style is good enuf for me. Also, after 1NT-2H-2S-2NT- you can bid 3H with 2S and a max, a natural treatment
What is your plan
My omission. This occurred at MAtchpoints in Allendale, NJ, Saturday morning.
What is your plan
Richard: If you choose not to open 1NT I certainly agree.
Bergen Raises Over Major And Double (BROMAD)
From Mike Ma:”The only thing I want to be able to do is distinguish a bad raise from a good raise. The rest of Bromad I have no need for.” Yes. The idea is to bifurcate junk obstructive raises (2M) from constructive raises (2C, or you can use 2C ...
What is your plan
Yes. Forgot. But that seemed a stretch given the lack of diamond spots.
1!s or 2!c, Another Scenario
Because even to us “sound” openers, it’s an opening bid.
Dallas 1997 -- a grand slam of sorts
I somewhat recall this being analyzed by the reviewer in Bridge Wotld. I think the reviewer was either Edgar Kaplan or Jeff Rubens. In 7NT I think he suggested cashing AK diamonds AND spade Ace, in an effort to reach a Double Squeeze or Guard Squeeze ending which would have ...
10 card Solid or almost solid suits.
I think I may have had a 10 card suit once, but don’t recall specifics. However back in 1974 in Queens, NY I held a VERY SOUND perfecto RED VS WHITE 5C Opener: void, void, JT9x KQJT9xxxx. No defense, pure preempt, 9 tricks in hand.
ATB - Failure to take control or Failure to bid his hand.
“More East's dault: [sic] he failed to bid his hand on not bidding 5♥.” This would be perfect, and include the above option, if the word “on” was replaced with “or”. What was East waiting for after hearing max, 4 trumps, and 2 cues.? Give up on 7 already ...

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