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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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Bridge Player
about me

Bridge musings:

  • An attribute I value (for bridge and otherwise) is recognizing what you do not know: ask more questions, state fewer conclusions.  Only sometimes do I act as I say one should act.
  • Wish that master points award system would motivate players to continue to challenge themselves to improve: need to better align awards with the achievements producing the awards.
  • Wish that club directors would (politely) instruct players about Unauthorized Information and Logical Alternatives; that is, Fair Play.  Not a crime (but then, not an accolade, either) to take too much or too little time to think about a call or play, but is unethical for partner to take winning inferences from the pace of the call or play.
  • Am deeply involved in developing and teaching after school bridge programs.  Teach play before bidding (mini-bridge), teach declarer play before defensive play, teach notrump play before suit play.  But, first, ensure kids are safe, have fun, allow other kids to learn, and respect each other, the teachers, and the school. See
  • Loved bridge from the moments I learned to play, but placed bridge behind other matters such as career and family.  Took a 15 year hiatus from significant play.
  • Still improving as a player.  Do not look forward to the time when my skills will plateau.
  • Best skill as a bridge player: envisaging during the auction how the play might proceed.  Poorest skill as a bridge player: perhaps too many to mention.

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ACBL Ranking
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"Optional penalty"; "ambiguous double". Really? Does this mean that the intervenor can freely overcall on KJ-empty sixth (or worse), because opener's side -- which has not, one would note, yet found a fit -- cannot penalize them? Or, worse, that the degree of optionality or ambiguity is to be resolved by ...
Assign blame
You mean to tell me that North's double is not clear penalty?
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
Did Jay truly think he would receive a sympathetic ear on this subject from Bridge Winners readers? Has he not noted the dominant -- and eminently reasonable -- opinions of readers that the ACBL BOD repeatedly operates with inadequate attention to finances? And then, when announcing yet another substantial write-off, expresses no ...
Redoubling Isn't Rude
The advice given in this thread about the risk of redoubling -- none of which, and correctly, include consideration of the feelings of the opponents -- are wise ... but there is one other reason for redoubling. That reason is that the personality of the doubling side ("you can't push me around ...
Redoubling Isn't Rude
Jack, did you feel that this was "normal rudeness" (whatever that means for the offending player) or, even worse, do you feel that the rudeness was at least partially directed at you because of your youth? Either way, of course, the director should have a constructive conversation with the offender.
"Strength of field" is definitely an underweighted factor in most master point award calculations. I think the problem of an especially unbalanced field could be handled in several different ways. The way that Ray Yuenger mentions above is one possible solution. Even when accumulated master points are the proxy for ...
$375K ACBL Boondoggle & Hawaii Fallout!
" ... if there is a pattern of repeated software project failures by the ACBL." That comment made me giggle, then gag.
Bridge videos appropriate for youth
No, not completely sold on videos. But whatever is presented has to be appropriate for folks who have never before played bridge. Maybe something like the Marx' Animal Crackers or maybe something from Fargo -- each of which I know has been mentioned at some time on some thread -- would be ...
RP, Dick Budd, a GLM from Portland, Maine, told me once -- if I recall the story correctly -- that he also was once a fourth on a team with the three tall players you mentioned. Dick is only about 6"5", I think, and so was substantially reducing the average height ...
At an NABC long ago I kibbitzed a later finishing table for a board. When Kit Woolsey, Steve Robinson, Bobby Nail, and Piyush Vakil stood to discuss the hands, I had to repress a giggle. At not quite 5'7", I am not accustomed to towering over other males.

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