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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
55 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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ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
A low heart lead (!?) provided 3 heart tticks and the rest was zitzfleisch. (Chess players, did I spell that right?)
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
I think a more normal course would be for South to stay quiet red, and 1NT-2C-2D-2NT would be analogous.
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
The explanation of 2C was inserted in parenthesis via instructions, and meant either both majors or a long minor, like Modified Cappellletti but with 2C and 2D reversed. Is that called Woolsey?
What's Your Plan?
Agree with Jeff. Isn't it enough that I've opened this Drek? (As someone slightly more conservative than average, I would still always open this, but it is still Drek)
Attitude or count?
Agreed. Attitude would be rare.
Recommend a partnership style
Invite moderately ( not too heavy, not too light, somewhat narrowly) and accept aggressively. Reason: once you have been invited to 2NT or to 3M, you are already at some risk for down 1, so you need less in the way of odds to accept. Let's assume you have been ...
Strategy at Swiss Teams (20VP scale) vs. IMP Pairs?
Bob: That seems to be a paradoxical remark from you, as you played the board with an excellent player and stopped in 2NT making 120. Your Sunday partner Jeff Aker (Senior teams finalist) playing with his wife also stopped. Perhaps you felt that as arguably the strongest pair in the ...
Leonard Helfgott's lead problem: J92 KQ3 732 J953
Richard: Perhaps that is normal in Rusinow or on your side of the pond, but here the Q from KQ is usually reserved for "count or unblock jack" situations like KQ109x(x).
Strategy at Swiss Teams (20VP scale) vs. IMP Pairs?
Forgetting about this particular defense, his argument was that with the actual East hand it's correct to invite at teams but jump to 3NT at IMP pairs on the grounds that if you aren't favored to win the event, you have to take some mildly antipercentage risks to ...
Strategy at Swiss Teams (20VP scale) vs. IMP Pairs?
Opening was a spade, diamond ace knocked out on 3rd round, heart pitch, If another spade then South can guess to pass heart 9 and opponents will have to get into gear to find the club shift from RHO. In reality they discarded a heart and set up my heart ...

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