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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
Gold Life Master
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Questions for people who play 12-14 1NT
In my weak notrump partnerships, we treat notrump uctions that would show 18-19 in standard as 17-19, and we don't push on notrump hands that are 15-16, because we assume that is the hand type that partner is expecting.
ATB - Wrong contract
Poor choice of language by me. I did not mean that double "shows" two suits; what I meant was that double "allows for finding" two suits. Excepting any unlikely pass of 2X, I just don't see any reason to prefer 2 over double.
Kida- A Double Dummy App
Kida has great potential, I think, to interest young people in playing bridge. But … at least when I last reviewed it … The product has insufficient front end instruction to permit today's youth to even begin playing it. Concepts such as clockwise play by four players constitutes a trick, requirement ...
ATB - Wrong contract
In context, there is not even one bid I feel is best. 1 does not risk missing a heart game, 2 shows one suit at two level instead of both suits, 4 is not necessarily an eight card fit.
Do we need the BOG?
Overlooking the rather substantial issue that BOD has not shown great receptivity to being influenced, should the "influence body" role of the geographically represented BOG be replaced by a stakeholder and expertise represented series of committees? Examples of stakeholder committees could be owners of large clubs, owners of small clubs ...
Is Pass Forcing?
What is the partnership agreement on the meaning of advancer's double?
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Ed, my question was, in essence, how many of the directors share my belief that many players (and, yes, not just inexperienced players) believe that it can be an infraction just to break tempo? And, further, that many of those players believe that the infraction is excused if the breaking ...
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
How many of you who are directors believe that many of the inexperienced players who broke tempo and then hear the director called think that the act of not bidding in tempo is an infraction in and of itself? I am not a director, but I believe the answer is ...
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
How about "call me back if you think a different call was made less attractive by the (break in tempo)"? That seems to roughly reflect the laws without suggesting an accusation of sharp practice against either player.
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Appending to my comment above ... I think many players feel that committing a BIT is an offense, when, at least as I read Law 16, the potential score adjustment arises from certain actions by the partner of the player who committed the BIT. I think that if some more players ...

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