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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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Leonard Helfgott's lead problem: 976543 T82 T2 J4
Gregory: While it certainly shouldn’t have, leading the spade to set up partner’s KQx scared most of the bbo field out of a “free” heart finesse. See below for complete hands.
Leonard Helfgott's lead problem: 976543 T82 T2 J4
On the actual hand nothing mattered and there were 13 easy tricks for taking on any lead. Not too hard to get to 6D or 6NT on Actual layout. Incredibly, the majority of the field could not find the 13th trick with a lantern, available to any awake upper B ...
Leonard Helfgott's lead problem: T763 J42 73 8543
David Parsons's bidding problem: KT75 874 T63 632
Like 1.397*10^316 you mean? :)
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 863 K742 KJ753 K
Richard: Would the transfer to D be constructive, and after a 2H interpose, would the 2S show this type of hand, or would you need tp now bid 3S, which while descriptive might be too high.
Defend this hand
Very well put Richard. There are enough players who see Ax and bid 3NT regardless of major configuration, and although I prefer not with 3352, I see it all the time. It is comforting to me that recognized experts such as David Caprera and yourself would take the simple (KISS ...
Playing 2NT as Spiral, what does a direct 3NT mean?
C’mon Steve: This bid has been around for probably 95 years. Ideally 4333 with weak 4 card suit, but could be anything anywhere near that idea. Tip pairs have superior judgment whether to pass or convert to 4H (or more) and this has won LOTS of boards for them ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: x KJxx AKJT Q963
LOL. Always check, it may be mate! The real hidden reason behind the direct question was as Henry Sun alluded to. Some view all voluntarily bid Red games as forcing pass situations and some are much more selective about forcing pass situations. The 19 hcp balanced raise is one where ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: x KJxx AKJT Q963
So if you did bid 4H withvthis hand and LHO now bid 4S, would partner’s pass be forcing? Would he need to double with a flat 5-6 hcp? If not, how would you create a forcing pass situation, or is that simply not possible?
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: x KJxx AKJT Q963
Let’s say you hold xx KJxx AJxx QJx (or Qxx if you open “light”, I do not). If you play GB2NT you can afford to bid 2NT then pull to 3H, without it the hand is simply not worth 3H (although most will do it anyway) so you have ...

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