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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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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 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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Cheating Polls & What is Upcoming
You must attend a lot of very long meetings!
Cheating Polls & What is Upcoming
Process, people, and mission (objective) are each important. I think mission is the most important, and satisfaction of the mission is the prism through which actions should be viewed. Both the process and the people should support the mission.
Big congrats to Erik Sælensminde and his partner Morten Olsen
Fantoni and Nunes? (in separate partnerships)
Why I suck at matchpoints
Kate, don't the distributions you mentioned suggest that the balancing call should be 3 and not double? Isn't the 6-2 heart fit likely our best spot?
Memphis hotels
Hey, I do not even know if I will be attending. But surely folks should direct their comments toward thanking Karen for sharing this information.
Cavendish 2019
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/cavendish-auction-2019/ You are not alone.
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: KJ6543 K2 AK9 Q6
I see a probably wasted Q; I see lots of teeny spade spots; I see unfavorable vulnerability. Yes, I have been stolen from before, and will likely be again ... perhaps starting now.
To bid or not to bid?
Richard, what you say is "inherently satisfactory", I say is "just part of the director's job". Lots of parts of lots of jobs require applying judgment to resolve ambiguity.
To bid or not to bid?
If: "It follows that, whatever action advancer takes in this situation, he is in danger of being ruled against if that action results in a better score to his side than the alternative." Then: It follows that, whatever action the advancer takes in this situation, the opponent of advancer is ...
You Be the Judge. Common Game 2/12/19 board 23
This much too strong to overcall spades? I agree with the general sentiment, but feel that 3 over 1NT gets the message across about how much "too strong" is the West hand. I would have doubled and then bid 2 on a much less "too strong" West hand.
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