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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
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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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2nt better as a convention than a contract?
I think the odds of making 3 club tricks, while below 50% for sure, may be greater than odds of 3 diamond tricks, and you may very well need at least two clubs tricks. Playing for 3 club tricks I'm pretty sure that leading the Jack is slightly better ...
Leading low from a doubleton in trumps
I always thought (and still do) that General opening lead agreements do not apply to the trump suit. If you have a specific agreement (other than judgment) regarding trump leads (suit preference or no) then fine, but why should a trump lead be influenced by whether you play standard carding ...
Dave: What a perfect statement. To strive intellectually (and for some physically) for what we cannot quite attain can be the greatest sense of satisfaction. “Try to learn something new every day.” is a personal mantra. Reading Bridgewinners to (hopefully and optimistically) improve is a joy in life. In these ...
Light Opening?
I consider myself a fairly sound opener and I WOULD open this hand only because it is unbalanced AND 4-4 majors. (In an ideal world I'd double RHOs 4th chair Diamond opener, but its not an ideal world) I would pass analogous 4=1=4=4 and 1=4 ...
What he said!
ATB - doubled partial score made
A VERY strong Turkish/U.S. expert/pro told me that 6-5 hands are freakish and you shouldn't pay too much attention to an occasionally unlucky board.
Optimum Contract
Richard: So we've solved Fermat's Last Theorem, The Four Color Map Problem and a few others in our lifetimes, any guess on whether a complete solution to ULAM's second problem will happen in our lifetimes? In theory this one is finite therefore doable with the HAL9000 (no ...
Optimum Contract
Thomas Andrews in his fabulous Fantasia website has a collection of these.
1!c-2!d: What do you play it as (in 2/1)?
I'm not exactly sure what the team "mixed raise" has morphed into here these days, although it "sounds" like a shape based limit raise, similar to a limit raise in "crisscross" (where 1C-2C is GF or at least to 4-level). So if "mixed raise" is ~11-12 dummy points but ...
Please bid these hands
Khokan: But most of us (in SA) play 1C-1D-1M as not 100% forcing, requiring a JS. Although I do agree that if you need to JS, 2S is a better choice than 2H.

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