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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning a 1981 Sectional against strong LMs for Intermediate Player of the Year---back in the day!
Regular Bridge Partners
Burrell Humphreys, Irwin Miller, Sue Fulton, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau, Peter Stein,
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Cool double dummy problem from Wednesday’s common game
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: A92 Q A42 KQT763
Richard: 5-6 hands are narrow targets indeed. And if partner did have 5S you would hear it over ANY rebid. I like 3S, but for other reasons.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: A92 Q A42 KQT763
Michal: The choice was 3D not 2D.
Merrimac Coup
Pons Asinorum translates to "Bridge of Asses" which refers directly to Euclid's elementary geometry proof that the angles opposite equal sides of an isosceles triangle are equal. (Presumably only an ass (donkey) would be unable to cross the intellectual bridge to find this easy proof). I wonder how the ...
Another Question for Mathematicians--well...Statisticians
Greg: I recall about 40 years ago looking up and using Fisher Cornish expansion for asymmetrical distributions, and seeing articles about asymmetrical t-distributions which were beyond my scope. Frankly, I don’t recall when to divide by sqrt(N) or sqrt(N-1), but for these purposes it seemed OK. Thanks ...
Another Question for Mathematicians--well...Statisticians
Just a layman (retired actuary) trying the ERF function in Excel for normal distributions, and the estimate of 5x/1000 seems incredibly accurate.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: A92 Q A42 KQT763
Jon: At the table I did choose 3D partially for the right-siding aspect but also to keep the auction more flexible and either to imply a good hand or disinclination to bid NT immediately. Half expecting a 4-6 hand and willing to raise a 3H rebid to 4H. Unfortunately partner ...
Do you add 1Hcp for all 4 Aces?
Craig: Thanks for the number crunching, always informative. Choosing to open 2NT or not does not “destine” the hand for 3NT play. As you mentioned, partner could easily be balanced and hold 5 spades or 4 hearts and be able to get to 4M, or in the latter case raise ...
Do you add 1Hcp for all 4 Aces?
Nigel: I am in general agreement with you, especially where a 2NT opener can more easily propel into a making major suit contract, as opposed to being passed in a 2NT rebid.Regarding evaluation, I have performed a “meta-analysis” of Thomas Andrews “Fantasia” stupendous 2NT analysis (which I can make ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: A4 Q5 AQ9543 KJ7
Well... not for everyone, but K AQx AQx JTxxxx. :) But that was a good catch!

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