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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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Member Type
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
Gold Life Master
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What rules do you ever let "slide" based on experience level?
I have no experience directing. However, I would think that how a ruling is delivered is even more important to avoiding player loss than the result of the ruling. Ray Fink's closing sentence is a nice approach. As a club player against novices, I have chosen to ignore infractions ...
What rules do you ever let "slide" based on experience level?
At least one frequently applicable law has incorporated a consideration of the experience of the player. Law 16B speaks to both "class of player" and "demonstrably suggested" ... when there exist "logical alternative" actions. I think this means that laws would hold that certain actions taken by inexperienced players after their ...
Help Newer Players Reach Slam
Might not East have bid the same if he held --, AQJxxxx, Axx, AJx -- or similar? I think West is blameless. Totally discounting his K, he has just slightly more than what his partner would expect. And I am having a hard time thinking of a way that East could have ...
For Frank Stewart
I thought Boston was bad ... until I traveled to Florence, Italy. What is the survival rate of the crazy motorcycle riders there?
Student Scam Warning From ACBL
Not at all Stephanie. You always do just a great job; ACBL is lucky to have you in their employ.
Student Scam Warning From ACBL
I meant for this to show up in the Teaching/Club forum.
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
What Aaron Silverstein said, in general ... with a few added comments of my own. Yes, it does make a difference that you are so young. The same comment you made, if made by an older player, might have been better received. Whether your age should make a difference is a ...
IMPS at stake
That's fake gnus! Time estimate to removal by administrator is ...
Who Will Qualify for the Bermuda Bowl KOs? Relevant to the report above of a refused visa? See pp.4-5.

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