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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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ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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A clear case of aphasia, and yet . . .
At the risk of sounding insensitive, should we apply standards differently for different types of mental errors? A declarer calls for a card different from the card the declarer intends to call; a player places a card on the table different from the card the player intended to play. What ...
When Computers Deal Like We Used To
I think there is a big difference between Qxx and xx of their suit, and a moderate difference between AQ763 and AQ987 of diamonds. Taken together, those differences are enough to move a 2 overcall from the third best call (behind Pass and 1NT, either one of which seems ...
When Computers Deal Like We Used To
Opening lead of a heart seems percentage to me. Expecting defense to win first 6 tricks with rounded AKs and ruffs. Then J at Trick 7. 2 overcall does strike me as dangerous. Prefer Pass or 1NT.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A QTxx AKQxxx Ax
Double, convert 5 to 5; be hopeful if double is passed.
Andy Caranicas's bidding problem: J76 AT64 5 AKQ54
Only a hoggy partner would have as many as five diamonds or as many as four cards of either major, and so 2 seems much safer than passing when partner is "known" to have 3+ clubs.
Andy Caranicas's bidding problem: 5 863 QT83 KQJ96
As North, I would have opened 1 rather than 1. As West, I would have overcalled 2NT rather than 2.
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: 76 A AQJT98 A964
Would I have passed over 3?
ATB - Slam at IMPs
In a crowded auction (such as this one), I think 5 raise should be treated similarly to a raise of 3NT to 4NT, just a quantitative raise; and not a focus on any single feature such as club control or trump strength.
Bridgescore+ in San Diego
The regional I was referencing was Mansfield, MA regional (D25).
Karel de Raeymaeker's bidding problem: xx xx xx KQT8xxx
A pox to those who play a pass by South as asking North to choose his best suit. East is probably three-suited and might be psyching the strength one associates with the redouble.

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