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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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May 23
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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 www.newenglandyouthbridge.org.
  • 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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Mystery of Barry Crane
I think stratification is good for the league; flighting, much less so, particularly over certain really low levels. Back in the "good old days" mentioned by Kerri, I can recall playing against Crane, usually partnered by Gerald Caravelli, in Chicago or maybe an NABC. Enough so that I can say ...
What's going wrong with Gatlinburg ??
Steve G, I hope your last sentence is predicated upon the ACBL hiring someone with expertise in the field of hotel negotiations. 'Cause otherwise ...
ACBL Regionals at Clubs - Put the Ecosystem to Work.
My inclination to help clubs and bridge as a whole is not to gravitate toward the lowest common denominator of making regionals less special and clubs more like regionals. My inclination to help clubs is to make the competition from regionals less frequent.
Jeopardy Star - James Holzhauer - Plays Duplicate Bridge
Joon Pahk, a local bridge player who once represented US in junior bridge, won enough on Jeopardy to participate in a Champion Jeopardy matching former big winners against each other.
Jeopardy Star - James Holzhauer - Plays Duplicate Bridge
It is a TV show about trivia. On the TV show, three players compete against each other to try to answer a question. Technically, they are shown an answer and a category and then must determine the question that matches the answer and category. For example, under a category called ...
What's going wrong with Gatlinburg ??
The issue to me is how to make tournaments special, so that they are something that more players look forward to. With so many regionals and sectionals, very few are special. Like master point proliferation, making something too accessible cheapens its value and its special attraction. IMO, ACBL has long ...
What's going wrong with Gatlinburg ??
People who live in lesser populated areas likely have to travel long distances to see major league baseball or to see top-brand musical concerts or theatre. Why should regional bridge tournaments be any different? Living in more rural areas is often a personal choice that produces both many benefits and ...
What's going wrong with Gatlinburg ??
I think there are some situations where units or districts have volunteered to give up a tournament because it does not make money (although I am not much in the know). But the big issue -- I think -- is that districts or units as a whole fail to consider what is ...
What's going wrong with Gatlinburg ??
I am one who is not involved in bridge politics. I have, however, read extensively on this website about the districts and units zealously holding on to their tournaments (presumptively for reasons that seem attractive to the districts and units even if many feel the reasons do not help the ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: AJ65 T92 4 AKT54
You are supporting my point, Peg. I voted for 2 here on your bidding poll and I voted for 3 over opener's 2 as invitational on your article. With the hand shown in this bidding poll, my call over 2 would be 2 (planning ...
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