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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
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Member Type
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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Am I rationalizing?
... but then, if your motivation is to discover whether Pass is a LA, you would also need to separate the answers by "class of player".
ACBL Inaction Regarding Attracting Younger Members
Two comments: 1. If you disregard bridge-with-bidding and play only mini-bridge, and if you disregard suit contracts and play only notrump contracts, the time for a newbie to actually be able to play is not that long. Sure, the newbie will play terribly -- probably by leading all aces, followed by ...
Am I rationalizing?
The poll choices seem flawed. One might conclude both to bid 3 and that Pass is a LA ... if one thought that the BIT did not demonstrably suggest 3 over Pass.
Am I rationalizing?
Richard, against these weak opponents, would you invite them to ask for a ruling if the 3 choice worked better than would Pass? David, weak opponents are, at best, likely to know only that there was a break in tempo followed by a successful auction choice. The notions of ...
Andy Caranicas's bidding problem: K43 5 J875 Q8765
Had to smile when I saw this problem submitted by a MN player. About 40 years ago, when I was living in MN, I held a similar hand where agreeing to play inverted minors caused me to have a problem choosing a rebid. I chose 1, and partner promptly ...
Philly Slam Poll 1 of 3: ATB missed 6!S
I understand the debate about which opening bid North should choose. But once South bids spades, North will have a hard time convincing South that he has four-card spade support if North does not support spades right away.
Philly Slam Poll 2 of 3: ATB missed 6!D
I have now posted a separate thread on XYZ auction. See
Fourth suit after XYZ
Marty, if you were playing 4sf instead of XYZ, would you also view 2 as a punt (as opposed to 5 spades, 6 clubs) in the auction 1-1; 1-2; 2?
Philly Slam Poll 2 of 3: ATB missed 6!D
Thanks for your input, Oren. You have convinced me. Now I am in the camp of North should have done something other than 5 over 4.
Philly Slam Poll 2 of 3: ATB missed 6!D
Because North's third round 3 bid over 2 fsf basically denies owning a heart stopper (and could be bid on 4=2=2=5), while North's third round 3 bid over 2 XYZ shows three card diamond support (with 4=2=2=5 and ...

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