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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
10 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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1S 2S 2NT
I'm on board with Kokish/Nagy game tries.
Bad Habits of Intermediates
I’m Still asking WHY, as is my 3 year old granddaughter. When others ask for my opinion, I always offer the Why.
Early Finesse
Thanks Kit, of great practical and theoretical interest , as usual. I’m questioning the term “overpreempt” at favorable Vuln. I believe the most common rules for preempting for the “moderately conservative” group is to use the rule of 2-3-4, meaning bid in excess of your playing tricks (here 6) by ...
1NT is tough to defend
Just a bidding question. Being a Walsh-ite who would readily bid 1H with limited values and a 4H&5D hand without competition, should the same strategy be employed IN competition after the double (where North has implied 3-4 hearts)?
Opener's splinters after a 2-over-1
If you would splinter with Kxx you need other mechanics to handle much bigger hands, IMO. If 3H is used only for the big hands, you need good cuebidding agreements likely including serious or nonserious 3NT, and also to define 4H separately.
Bad Habits of Intermediates
Great list John, although we all make exceptions to 5 over 5 on occasion.
Bad Habits of Intermediates
And yes, 13 and 15 are very important. I play to improve my game. Always will. I have a 91 year old partner with a National title who still asks questions! If you don’t want to learn anything (with me not from me) go home and read a book ...
Bad Habits of Intermediates
But Steve: Most of these are not “Intermediate” errors, they are often errors of many A players that experts generally avoid. Sometimes even near or lower experts vs. strong experts. I know a couple of B players of 1000-2000 mps who avoid almost all of these unless tired, ( most of ...
What’s the best match point line?
Yes, Michael, Wow to “thaumaturgic”. I’m sure the retired English teachers at my club (there are 4) will be impressed. Not really thinking about your analytic subtleties at the table I did indeed lead a spade to the Jack, losing to Q from Q9xx. She returned a spade to ...
Bad Habits of Intermediates
Thank you Dave. 1,2,3 are precisely the things that drive me crazy, yet even club A players repeat this consistently. The other button pusher is using RKC, finding out you have 4/5 keys (plus the trump queen) and signing off at the 5 level because “I was ...

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