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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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On counting tricks.
I think posters are approaching the post from different perspectives. The perspective I think is being asked is, how would you teach a beginner to plan the declarer play? That is a MUCH different perspective from how does an experienced player plan the play. I suspect that those of you ...
On counting tricks.
If we're talking beginners, the target is to make the contract you are declaring and defeat the contract the opponents are declaring. The vagaries of matchpoint scoring is not/should not be highly important to a beginner; making or defeating the contract is enough to burden the beginner.
On counting tricks.
A problem with a beginning declarer focusing on counting just declarer's winners in a trump suit contract is that such focus overlooks the importance of counting the defenders' winners. As an example, think of the difference, when declaring a trump suit contract, between the defenders having led a side ...
On counting tricks.
Well, certainly declarer needs to count at least his winners and the opponents' winners. Elsewise, how can you teach something like a hold-up play? Because we teach our youth beginners notrump play first, the concepts of count winners/develop more winners is established before the beginners are introduced to trump ...
How and when do you try for slam - or don't you?
I don't agree that 5 over opener's spade bid is necessarily asking for a club control. I think it is just showing extras when compared to 4 as an alternative bid. That being said, I don't understand why partner would bid 4 after (my ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
If some of those, er, tolerant, club owners would look at their long-term interests rather than just their short-term interests, I think they would apply Zero Tolerance and "do a solid" to both their long-term attendance and the interests of all the players in their games who have to face ...
ACBL Elections Forum
Ed, I applaud you for running and volunteering to spend a lot of time on administration of a game I love. That being said, it is to your benefit that I am not an elector (in your district, or, for that matter, in my own). If you believe that the ...
Time for Bold New Leadership
Jeff B, Are you suggesting that very few club players experiencing an infrequent but special experience of participating in a tournament might be more likely to catch the duplicate bridge bug and play more club bridge than they would have without having had that special experience? And, are you suggesting ...
Scoring in Bridge
I didn't read the post as a complaint but rather as just an observation. And an exceptionally well-written one, at that.
ACBL Elections Forum
Little steps ... Even if the information is submitted by only a few candidates, even if the vast majority of the readers are not electors ... ... Isn't it nice to see a forum for candidates to actually share their platform?

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