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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
10 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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ATB - duplication
I agree. The limited NT bidder has basically shot his load with only 5 controls, no club card and spade jack of limited value. He took charge over 4H instead of bidding 4S and letting North carry on. After all, when North made the 4C slam try South cooperated with ...
weak two . define good suit or bad suit
I think the 2/3 rule came from really old views on weak twos, when bad suits were an anathema. I believe the rule was designed to assume that high honor doubleton (Ax, Kx, Qx) would produce no losers the majority of the time, and that requires 2/3. But ...
Forcing or not?
I can conceive of bidding 2H with something like AJxxx AQx x xxxx, but almost always 2H invit. Would have 4H. If you are gameforcing, 3C with 5314 or 6313 makes more sense. Don’t want a heart raise but might risk it rarely with HHx.
Forcing or not?
Steve: Not my toolbox.:)
Forcing or not?
Sounds right.
Forcing or not?
From BWS2017: “After a one-level suit response and opener's simple same-suit rebid: (a) a third-suit bid that is a reverse or a three-level bid is forcing to game; (b) a third-suit non-reverse at the two-level is forcing for one round, and responder may pass if opener bids two of ...
Forcing or not?
What tool box?. What does nmf have to do with it as that normally applies only to 1NT rebids. I do understand that after 1C-1S-2C- some play 2H as weak and 2D as only force, but are you suggesting that someone with 4H and inv or gf values over the ...
weak two . define good suit or bad suit
I think 2 of 3 is simplest, although I wouldn't say "good-good" with KQxxxx xx KJx xx, I'd say either good suit or good hand based on partner, scoring and colors. I also wouldn't say good suit with KJ109XX, but might break the 2/3 rule for ...
Forcing or not?
C'mon Mark. How can 2H possibly be game forcing? Since opener didn't rebid 1NT, standard is new suit by responder is a 1 round force. It does make sense for 3C to be game forcing, but 2H??
Table Math
Max: Agreed. My simplistic point was that even without the diamond info, the 3-3 is likely better than the 3/8 play, especially when adding the scant chance of a squeeze. Surely the diamond break magnifies this logic. But calculating 300 vs 224 at the table is a bit much ...

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