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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Aug. 3, 2010
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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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REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
I am sure there are methods and alliances to help attract new players of retirement age and of, say, middle or older elementary school age. They are not the same methods and alliances, but pursuing one group need not be at the expense of the other.
Splitting in 2nd Seat: High or Low?
This issue was discussed in a previous thread (sorry- I do not know how to find it). I remember the previous thread for two reasons: (1) I have always split low from two consecutive honors and high from three+ consecutive honors and was surprised to discover my practice was not ...
ATB - Wrong Spot
In context, I agree with the first round of bidding, but ... As South, would have doubled 2 rather than have bid 3. As North, agree with the pass of 3. As South, agree with the pass of 3. As North, think I would have doubled 3 ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
I suspect it is easier to discover the reasons why certain tournaments are successful; at least easier than discovering why certain tournaments are not successful. In the former case, the people who do attend can provide some useful information. Btw, need not be same reasons for each tournament. Some might ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
WTR, the conclusion is still not clear. You assume that traveling is the issue. Maybe, yes. But maybe there is a contribution from the fact that much of what used to make regionals and sectionals special is now available at clubs and at plentiful other regionals and sectionals; maybe players ...
Settle A Bet
North's Jxx of clubs is missing. Perhaps, Greg, you wish to edit your diagram? Wests whose partner chose 3 would be in the game, for which they would feel ambivalent upon looking at dummy. Wests whose partner chose 2 (as I would have) would rest in a ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Recruiting new players and inducing existing players to play more often and for a longer duration ... those should be the prism through which most of the proposed changes in games should be viewed. And yet ... the rationale for proposed changes, such as REACH, seems not to be promoted as satisfying ...
More Legal Eagles (push poll)
Might opener have bid as he did if he discovered that his four hearts and two diamonds were actually five hearts and one diamond? That possibility is eliminated by the failure to alert; we "know" that his bidding is explained not by missorting his hand but by thinking that 3 ...
BW 2/1: After 1!d-2!c
No option for 2M to show four card M and a distributional hand, not necessarily one with extras? With, say, 4=3=4=2 weak notrump, I would open 1 and, over 2, rebid 2NT. With, say, 4=2=5=2 or 4=3/1=5=1/3 ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
I would tend to think of profitability as a foundation attribute: no tournament should be held unless it is profitable (where "it is profitable" is not necessarily determined based upon the result of the single tournament, but rather upon its longer-term impact on the organization's profits). The leverage attributes ...

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