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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
3 hours 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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Great Players; Great Books
I agree with Craig Zastera. If you are a math person (Engineering major, switched to become a Life Actuary) used to textbook format, Love is eminently readable and more thorough than others. I also read it several times going back to late 1960’s. Did I assimilate everything? Of course ...
Why I suck at matchpoints
David may be exaggerating, but isnt an expectation of Zero for -110 very pessimistic? Let’s say for the sake of argument it is 35%. So those whose matchpoint strategy is top/bottom to maximize variance will view it as “gain 65%” is clear and “lose only 35%” a worthwhile ...
Plan for a Grand
Assuming trumps are 3-2, If diamonds are 5-2 it is likely worth the extra count info to better guess the finesse, despite risk of down 2. But if diamonds are 4-3 and you cant be sure who has the long diamond, it might not be worth the small risk of ...
Csaba Czimer's lead problem: 6532 652 9743 65
I agree completely with Paolo.
Missed Game-YBTJ
Thank you all for participating. I am gratified that the voting was pretty evenly spread. For the record my partner and I defended 2NT against two relativle strong (near expert) players, and the declarer was silently very POd at partner’s pass of 2NT, which I thought was overly harsh ...
Selena Pepić's bidding problem: KQ95 KQ752 AJ9 5
My guess is that this issue has been flip-flipping for 90 years. You cant even do a computer meta-analysis without discussing system (advancers 1S bid forcing, promise 4 or 5, etc).
Selena Pepić's bidding problem: KQT9832 972 Q5 9
Richard: What’s the rule of 11 in bidding again? I see 5.5 tricks here. At matchpoints I’d take the shot at 3S but The Qx diamonds and red imps makes me take the low road.
Anant Rathi's bidding problem: AQ9 AKJ843 AK6 7
Why? Over 1S you could jump to 3D then convert 3H/3NT to 4S. Maybe that doesnt do full justice, but implies the shape and strength flagging the club weakness. I’m not sure why conventionally 3C would show a heart 1-suiter in Kokish, what do you do with hearts ...
Why I suck at matchpoints
David: The title appears to be a giveway. Apparently you passed throughout and your aunt gave you the business.
Why I suck at matchpoints
At these colors do you really want to risk down 2 undoubled for 200? White vs red though, I’d pass initially then try 3H, hoing I havent pushed them into a cold game. Been there, done that!

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