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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Aug. 3, 2010
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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 www.newenglandyouthbridge.org.
  • 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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Paulo Brum's bidding problem: QJT642 AQ84 5 72
Given the calls North did not make (opening 2 or passing 1NT), does he rate to have only five hearts and a doubleton spade? My hand looks pretty tasty for a spade contract.
Please bid these hands
I'd be happy to be in 3NT here. Who knows what transgression occurred at other table(s) ... maybe suit game a seven card fit ... ? If I were South and heard my partner bid 3NT, I would pass ... knowing that I had extras but also -- not hearing a club rebid ...
Double Trouble
Yes, Timo, with 4+ clubs, I am raising partner's club suit at my second turn. Between the opponents having shown a diamond fit (I guess this assumes that 2 advance is a diamond raise) and my partner having denied 3+ spades (by not making a support double or ...
Please bid these hands
With North hand, I would have bid 3NT at my third turn. With South hand -- not taking 3 as showing a stopper --, I would have bid 4 (or more?) at my third turn.
Double Trouble
Enough stuff for balance of power and fewer than four clubs (no club raise) and more than one diamond (no suit bid). Opener failed to make a support double. If opener has a singleton spade, 2X could be quite a good result; if opener has a doubleton spade, just ...
Black-suit queens
As David Levin pointed out below, if West held the five diamonds that I was projecting, that means he avoided leading a diamond from JT982. That seems unlikely, and so I am not liking my line as much now as I was when I suggested the line.
Black-suit queens
Why do you think East would discard (on the second heart) a club from a doubleton rather than a diamond from an original five card suit?
I would apreciate your opinion on this bidding
Steve Bloom: "Sounds like fine arguments for choosing an in between bid. Hence 4♣.". Yes, but only if both partners are on the same wavelength. I am sure you and Betty would be; I and my partners?? Ed Davis: Yes, my hand for 3 could be worse than my ...
I would apreciate your opinion on this bidding
Two questoins about the choice between bidding 4 and 5: 1. The examples provided by 5 bidders seem to provide the A and/or J to partner’s hand. Might not partner instead own the five HCP of KQ and no J? 2. If partner does hold ...
I would apreciate your opinion on this bidding
Agree with the analysis that the aceless South hand is a poor candidate for 3NT, when the club stopper will be knocked out probably at Trick 1 and there are then too few fast tricks. If you are suggesting a diamond call of 5 rather than 4, I ...
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