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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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Bridge Player
about me

Bridge musings:

  • An attribute I value (for bridge and otherwise) is recognizing what you do not know: ask more questions, state fewer conclusions.  Only sometimes do I act as I say one should act.
  • Wish that master points award system would motivate players to continue to challenge themselves to improve: need to better align awards with the achievements producing the awards.
  • Wish that club directors would (politely) instruct players about Unauthorized Information and Logical Alternatives; that is, Fair Play.  Not a crime (but then, not an accolade, either) to take too much or too little time to think about a call or play, but is unethical for partner to take winning inferences from the pace of the call or play.
  • Am deeply involved in developing and teaching after school bridge programs.  Teach play before bidding (mini-bridge), teach declarer play before defensive play, teach notrump play before suit play.  But, first, ensure kids are safe, have fun, allow other kids to learn, and respect each other, the teachers, and the school. See
  • Loved bridge from the moments I learned to play, but placed bridge behind other matters such as career and family.  Took a 15 year hiatus from significant play.
  • Still improving as a player.  Do not look forward to the time when my skills will plateau.
  • Best skill as a bridge player: envisaging during the auction how the play might proceed.  Poorest skill as a bridge player: perhaps too many to mention.

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Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Ed, my question was, in essence, how many of the directors share my belief that many players (and, yes, not just inexperienced players) believe that it can be an infraction just to break tempo? And, further, that many of those players believe that the infraction is excused if the breaking ...
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
How many of you who are directors believe that many of the inexperienced players who broke tempo and then hear the director called think that the act of not bidding in tempo is an infraction in and of itself? I am not a director, but I believe the answer is ...
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
How about "call me back if you think a different call was made less attractive by the (break in tempo)"? That seems to roughly reflect the laws without suggesting an accusation of sharp practice against either player.
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Appending to my comment above ... I think many players feel that committing a BIT is an offense, when, at least as I read Law 16, the potential score adjustment arises from certain actions by the partner of the player who committed the BIT. I think that if some more players ...
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Dan, I think the use of the expression "call me back if you feel that there is damage" helps feed any anxiety felt by the inexperienced player, and can cause them to feel potentially "accused". I think it would be preferable for the director to explain why he believes there ...
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
Right, Ed. But my interpretation of the comments of many on this thread is that they don't call the director because it is a club game or because an opponent is not experienced, rather than because they feel that the actions taken by this particular set of opponents has ...
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
I think the attitude of calling the director "against" a player is one of the two big parts of the problem. The director is called to ensure that the rules of the game are applied in a manner so that the competition is fairly scored. Hardly much different from lots ...
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
Still 3 (spinter in support of clubs), Patrick.
Missed (Grand) Slam
I'd inquire of East: What 23-24 HCP balanced hand can you hold that would cause you to raise diamonds at your third turn?
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
Opener's second bid would be 3, a splinter, and not 3.

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