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Amnon Harel
Amnon Harel
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Basic Information

Member Since
Feb. 20, 2012
Last Seen
21 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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Defending a “psych”
BTW: sounds like you play the 2NT overcall as 16-18. Pretty sure that it's better to play it as 15-17 or 15-18.
Defending a “psych”
Thanks Ray, for quoting some official source. FYIW, I find the official definition too narrow to be useful. E.g. even this baby psych fails to meet it: as Steve M. wrote above, the weak flat asker is really trying to learn more about opener's hand to choose how ...
Tracy Brines's bidding problem: AT9854 Q4 A432 Q
> I'd love to know what about a fast 5♣ bid demonstrably suggests bidding on. Me too...
Awkward Situation
> After ♦A lead, this is an obvious cash-out position, Why is this so obvious? Is this due to a detailed analysis of the hand (e.g. dummy has all those tricks) or something more general like (a) they are at the 5-level, (b) we didn't double, and (c ...
Cashing out
A discouraging club should be enough. I don't see much risk of partner underleading the A. Perhaps partner found an imaginative lead from Qx, Jxxx, Axxxx, Kx?
a seldom discussed sequence
> I have played this for years with success but recent postings have convinced me that I am far from mainstream. Links please...
Would you use a "smart" drug?
These drugs play with how your body (mind included) works. There's a risk in messing with that. A lot of medicine is about balancing that risk with possible gains. Obviously, if there's something specific that degraded your mental abilities and you have a way to address that (e ...
Opening pass out of turn when pard is the first to bid
Nice. Solves the problem of how to handle the offenders very nicely. But it does not address the rules' main concern - what score should the non-offenders receive?
Liam Milne's bidding problem: 76 J5 AKQ9632 KJ
> There seem to be a couple of rigid viewpoints here. That's actually good for those holding these rigid viewpoints. Now they just have to communicate them clearly to their partner(s) and they're all set. The real disaster is if neither partner has a firm view on the ...
Forcing Jump?
> Partner will almost always have 6 cards, Why? The OP never gave us his hand. To take an extreme example, holding something like xxxx, x, Qxxx, Jxxx, I would expect partner to be more likely to have only 5 clubs and a hand "too strong to pass".

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