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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
50 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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Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AKJ85 KQT9 KQT6 ---
How wet would 2H be without the spots, i.e. AKJxx KQxx KQxx --.?
Upgrades or not?
Well the 1.75 is a guess, probably an overguess, but if we all took 1.35 at face value we'd not open 1NT on plenty of hands we currently and routinely do. If partner has Jx we have a full stop, and often with 10xx. If they lead ...
Slam invite - what does it ask for?
The Toms got it right!
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I'm interested!
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Dave: correct. These evaluators view Qxx as 1.35 when in reality and especially for NT they are more like 1.75, IMO. And they view AKQxx as 10.5 an apparent overstatement, and AKQJx as 11.0, only a 0.5 gap. If you view the playing strength gap ...
Upgrades or not?
1. I don't think the 3Rd qualifies technically for 1NT but is probably the best tactical shot in 3Rd seat. 2. Not sure what is best about card treatment. I believe Kit Wolsey has commented that he occasionally upgrades/downgrades without comment on card, and always expects partner to ...
Upgrades or not?
If you clearly have 15-17 on card I don't think you should include "good 14s" IMO. The first two hands seem way beyond "good". The third was an admitted stretch which is best reserved for 3rd-4Th chair IMO.
Upgrades or not?
No. It was an x that came out in caps.
Which Ace?
Kit: Great article as always. I'll read it a few times to let the subtleties sink in! One point: Since East and West know exactly the spade distribution, could not East's first spade play be suit preference, I.e. The 5 to show heart ace and the two ...
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Wanted to see general consensus opinions of a group who on average would probably be much better than average club player.

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