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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
7 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, Marty Singer, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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How Dare The Computer Break Our Famous LTT
How about East bidding 3C instead of 3H? Even if with support doubles West has shown 4H, 3C can help West bid and defend much more effectively.
JTx, AQ, Ax, KQT8xx
Bernard: I agree. Would you upgrade QTx AQ Axx KQT8x? ( 1 club less but 1 hcp more)
JTx, AQ, Ax, KQT8xx
Even if I think an upgrade is worth 2hcp I am generally loth to do so. 1NT is such an effective bid that I try to make it in boundary conditions, although I do upgrade rich 17s regularly.
JTx, AQ, Ax, KQT8xx
With 63% of hcp in doubletons I do not consider this too strong for a 15-17 NT, but if Zi did (it is close) I’d prefer the shape showing 2NT rebid then the suit showing 3C rebid.
What's your plan?
I’m with you on the light reverse (including 2H weak) but most of my partners would be surprised and I think we are in a small minority. :) And who am I to argue with a recent Winner of Bridge Worlds Annual Master Solvers Quiz.
What's your plan?
GHood point I overlooked 14 vs15. However I’m stil not convinced that the raise , underbid though it may be, is a greater evil than rebidding a good 5 card suit, or reversing, or going through a 4-5 distortion. Of all, the reverse appeals but most would be aghast at ...
New Prime Number !
For me there is a strong parallel between bridge and recreational math. That is, just as I recognize that I will never play at the highest level (like most of us) I can derive great enjoyment from the game and the continuous learning process. In Math I know that as ...
What's your plan?
In the old days the 1S rebid on 3card suit was most popular. In fact I posted a problem in Bridge World in 1978 where the winning rebid was 1S on AKx. When I posted the identical hand in Bridgewinners last year, 1S was barely on the radar. Check “How ...
What's your plan?
While I don’t mind light reverses, is this hand really “too good” for a single raise? I assume you would offer a single raise with ATxx xx AJx KQxx (if you didn’t upgrade) and the fourth trump is probably worth more than the difference between stiff and doubleton ...
New Prime Number !
I think David meant to refer to the “natural numbers”, that is, the positive integers, in which case his point is valid. Note that this is only a bit over a tenth of the number of miles to the nearest star(besides the Sun), a small fraction of the number ...

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