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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
30 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, Sue Fulton, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau, Peter Stein,
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
Steve: Yes, the 2H bid as pass or correct does seem to be called Crawling, and Garbage or Junk is referred to by Larry Cohen as passing 2D with 3 suiters and short clubs. Others differ. But I would bet that any source like Contract Bridge Complete (1958)by Goren ...
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
Steve: What is your source for this. Textbooks have been advocating using Stayman and passing 2D with 4441 since forever, way before “garbage”, “junk” or “ crawling” were ever devised. Applying this to 3451 and 4351 just seems to be a sensible addition / improvement. I had added these independently 45 years ...
Congratulations Greg Lawler
Congrats, Greg. A terrific accomplishment. I love it! You are a hero.
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
I think this was part of Michael Rosenberg’s ideas on modeling. Aside from any flaws of DD analysis, there are so many other variables involved, like competition, strength of opponents, psychology, etc that what seems to be a quantitative solution is really intractible, unsolvable and even “Godelian”. (From Kurt ...
How does one go about it?
Craig: You hit it on the head. Walshites ALWAYS bid1M with 4M&4D regardless of strength.
How does one go about it?
What, no Walsh? And even with minimal losers and good QTs, 1C is automatic with 16 hcp. Is someone actually afraid the hand will be passed out. so 1C-1H and off to the races.
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
I have never considered Stayman with 4441 or 4450 as Junk or Garbage Stayman. Its been around forever, I consider it “bridge”.
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
Sounds rather convincing. Have you determined whether its best to pass 2D or bid 2H with 4441? Answer might differ for MP vs. Imps.
Jeff Aker's bidding problem: AQ32 AT42 Q Q754
Richard: You are absolutely right. Brain freeze on my part.:)
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
Commenting on your points: 1) I would think that ON THE AVERAGE 1NT will outscore 2M on 4-3 when weak hand is in 5-7 range. Not sure by how much. For weaker hands the difference may disappear 2) You are arguing for my earlier point that there is greater skill ...

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