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Amnon Harel
Amnon Harel
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 20, 2012
Last Seen
14 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Started playing bridge in high school. Badly. Took me over a dozen years to start unlearning bad habits and start to understand the game.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Two great runs in the (main) team event in the International Israeli Bridge Festival, back when it was in a three session format. Tying a match with the Herbst brothers after finnessing declarer's 5 on defence, way before we had any clue how to play, when they were already international-caliber.
Bridge Accomplishments
Met previous two bridge partners through bridge, and they ended up my good friends.
Regular Bridge Partners
Uri Epstein, Dror Shahaf, Hanan Sher
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Conventions
Support with support. Immediate double negative.
ACBL Ranking
Non Life Master
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How should the director rule
Was 3 alerted at the table as lead directing? And to all the expert TDs here, should it have been alerted?
Mindless revoke
I've done this before. It didn't feel pompous, and wasn't received as pompous. It's the TDs job to resolve such situations, and as players we're supposed to call him. If you want to make an exception, maybe it'll be fine, but calling the TD ...
Irrational or brilliant?
> Seems like this just wrong-sides the contract most of the time. If you're referring to Phil's example, I have to agree. But in general, it can be useful. When I had partners that let me play that 1NT-4M is to play, we did not play it as mandatory ...
Irrational or brilliant?
Funny hand. Normal bidding seems to be something like 1NT-2NT-3-P- 4. And 4 by North goes down like a brick. Even with mysteriously silent opponents, as in the OP, most experts would use Smolen and go down in 4 played by North. So declarer is already ...
Placing the cards
As John already pointed out, the lack of a diamond switch means the odds on his line are higher than to 25%. Your club may vary, but where I play they would be closer to 50%. The inference would be even stronger if the hearts were won K, A, Q ...
Expected shapes?
Yep. Or maybe responder has 2146, or even 2236/2335 with no heart honors (as a 3 rebid would apparently be NF). Or maybe opener has something like AKQJxx, xx, xxxx, A... Anyway, unless opener has lots of extras, the partnership should be playing in 4.
Double of unusual 2NT
@ David - great point. It's probably superior to play it as an FP. But that's improvising a convention at the table. Unless, of course you have some general rule of why this is a FP that you've agreed on with your partners. If so, I'd love to ...
How far to go for full disclosure
You may be right about the people in your club, but in general, I wouldn't be so quick to blame anyone. It could also be due to perfectly legitimate reasons. Doubling gives opener the opportunity to pass (perhaps with some systematic meaning, e.g., extras) and then responder may ...
Two over one GF game tries
Short suit game try: I'm short in a particular suit, do our shapes fit? Long suit game try: I have length in a particular suit and two or three losers, do your high cards fit my source of tricks? Help suit game try: Do our high cards mesh well ...
Thinking Twice About Two-Way
Note that RP's examples are mostly for 2m as FSF. If the FSF is 2 or higher, it better be a GF. For several years I played that FSF up to 2 is invitational. That works very well, but makes the bidding agreements very hard to use ...

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