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John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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Member Since
April 21, 2012
Last Seen
6 minutes ago
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Bridge Player
about me

I started playing bridge when 6 high card points was the minimum for a one level response. I followed my parents' advice ("Never become a bridge pro"), and became a software professional instead, specializing in build, release, and infrastructure.

I compete well at times against high level opposition if I maintain focus and personal energy at the table. Play 2/1 with lots of gadgets, some borrowed and some home grown. Favorites include Good-Bad 2N, XYZ, Non-serious 3N. 

United States of America

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ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
Michael Rosenberg - John Hoffman
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One board that cost us the Tournament
If you concluded that the club was a singleton, then you could also conclude that the opponents are cold for 4. Not to insist they will get there when your side has 17 high card points but it's worth thinking about.
David Parsons's bidding problem: J98 K97 AKJ9 A53
If North had only 2 clubs, I would expect that information to be provided by the opponents (at least in ACBL jurisdiction), and therefore in the problem statement.
Responder’s rebid
In Warped 2/1, 3 jump shows 3 card support with about 12 to 14 points and no first or second round controls outside of those shown by responder ( and in this case). 2 shows other hands with 3 card support. Jump to 4 is ...
Shailesh Gupta's bidding problem: 98xx Ax AQJx Kxx
I think that 3D shows a good 4 card suit, and continues the exploration for strain. I would have bid a 5 card diamond suit before now.
Why was this easy slam missed?
In Warped 2/1, opener's jump in a suit after 2-2 sets the trump suit, and initiates a spiral scan asking sequence. The first ask is for the trump A or K, followed by side suit aces. Proposed auction with meanings of responder's bids: 2 ...
Paddy Murphy's bidding problem: K432 QJ8 JT987 K
This would be a more difficult problem if my hand had not passed on the first round. Double is aggressive, but in this situation, partner has limited expectations for my strength. For those who pass at this point, I'm curious about your plan if partner balances with a double.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AKJ72 A43 K8 JT4
In Warped 2/1, the more expensive new suit bid (in this case 3D) is an artificial game force in support of opener's suit. The cheaper new suit is an artificial invite or better. Perhaps not optimal, but good enough most of the time.
Have you ever reversed on a 2-card suit?
In Warped 2/1, a 2D rebid by a 1C opener is systemically artificial, shows an invite or better, and does not promise any diamonds. It covers a variety of cases.
Bud Hinckley's bidding problem: T J53 AKJ74 T865
2D planning to compete with 3C on the next round (if there is one). The opps have a spade fit and might find it if East has 5 cards in the suit.
Zelig Rubenstein's bidding problem: A7 AQ8 7 AKQ9873
2D in Warped 2/1: completely artificial with 16+ playing points. Handles Death Hand cases, long minor that is too strong for an invitational rebid, etc. Gives up on showing 4-5 in minors, at least on this round.

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