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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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May 28
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • Still improving as a player.  Do not look forward to the time when my skills will plateau.
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  • 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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Responses after a Forcing NT is overcalled
There is a previous thread on the subject. Hope someone can find it and link it. Advice I remember from the thread is that the meaning of opener's double should be based upon relative suit ranking of the overcall and the opening bid. So, in the instant case, where ...
Reporting your team's renege
I remember a hand from when I was much younger. I had inadvertantly revoked, and then realized my error later in the hand. My partner was questioning my defense. "Corky, let's not talk about it", I said. Corky -- not one who was much at catching the clue -- kept asking ...
Carding question...
Our job is to suggest to partner whether we want partner to continue the side suit or switch to a different suit. Can't do our job without considering the factors Bernard mentions above, plus considering what suit partner is likely to choose for his switch, should we discourage a ...
Responses to Drury
P-1; 2-2NT and P-1; 2-3 can each be used for slammish hands. 2NT asks for short suit; 3 asks for source of outside tricks.
You be the director!
Why can't East be, say, 2=2=7=2 and not want to hear any correction from West at all? This partnership has not exactly presented itself as expert class, and so that might have been what East owned ... except, perhaps, for some (quite probably unintentional) UI that conveyed ...
You be the director!
Lets see: East did not alert West's double. West answered "totally unclear" about meaning of East's 2 bid. And yet, the director should choose, from among many reasonable meanings to the 2 call in this partnership, one that happens to produce a result whereby West's ...
Strong Jump Shift Question
... or a third type (of Soloway JS), that type being a five card suit in a strong notrump hand of 16-18 variety ... with which type responder rebids minimum notrump.
You be the director!
Although I do not favor a direct penalty for convention disruption, I do think that when a member of the pair that "mismanages" their convention happens to choose a LA that works better than an alternative LA, such pair should lose the benefit of doubt about whether such choice was ...
You be the director!
"I would consider 'normal' that 2♦ wants to play that if partner has them, so it would imply a hand that would go to the 3-level if partner has ♣'s and might or might not have a good fit for 1 or both majors." Maybe. Or maybe West picked up ...
My concern is on the flip side. I like to think that I give very clear explanations of the cause for an alert. For example, if my partner makes a spade Suction call, I routinely say something like "artificial, either a one suiter in clubs or a two-suiter in diamonds ...

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