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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
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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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ATB - Wrong contract
I agree. In addition I think a responsive double should show SOME defense, not zero, and South is supposed to have spade support almost all the time. So you get to a 5-3 fit instead of a 4-4 fit at 2 level. So what. If partner actually has 3S&5H ...
What takes precedence; having both majors or expressing the NT strength and stop?
I think that's exactly right! Lebensohl allows you to double and bid 3NT over a value showing 3C, while often finding the major fit. This only backfires when partner has a weak hand with no major and only 4C.
ATB - Missed game
South must be of the school: "I'll pass now to see what happens, maybe I can double them in clubs" and correct to spades later. The antithesis of my style. This is a competitive 3S raise, and not a bad one.
Did you see that in game 6 on move 68 Caruana missed a “mate in 36” or “ mate in 63” or something like that. No grandmaster including the contestants could see it. An 8 piece ending.
How Discouraging?
Partner has the club 10. Maybe Kx Jxxx Qxxx 10xx. Do you really want to switch?
Did it really come to exactly that? (5280^2/640)
I don’t think any single initial move would be sufficient for a pair of “perfect” players to do anything but draw. Likely never to be proven or disproven. Look at some of the really “ugly” or “bizarre” moves alphazero makes in its victories. Our limitations in measuring materialism vs ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: Jx KJxx AKQx Jxx
One might argue that with 2 unsupported Jacks this is not really 15, ... but you did say “about”. :)
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AQ93 63 Q87 J875
Right. I’ll have to check records for which had the 8 instead.:)
What constitutes a 3 card spade raise after 1H-1S?
Thanks, that's certainly natural enough. You might want to include maximal 35(32)'s into the 3NT bucket, if not quite up to a 1NT opener.

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