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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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Bridge= Math?
Not a matter of processing logic or not. I'm sure both Jeffs agree that logic plays a big role in bridge play. Just a question of what foundation does a brand new bridge player need to process logic.
Attracting New Bridge Players - What Works and What Doesn't?
Although I am not a club owner, I am a bridge player with interest in seeing owners of bridge clubs attract more players. A big shoutout to Bridge Winners, Steve and Jeff B, and Silvana for establishing this forum and contributing to it information such as that above by Silvana ...
Bridge= Math?
Jeff B: The comment immediately above makes more sense to me. Left to their own devices, the newbie youth players (that is the group I teach) will often lead their aces, then their kings, etc. Well, when they lead their ace and their partner does not own lower honors, they ...
Bridge= Math?
Shouldn't the first matter taught to newbies be "how to win tricks"? Doesn't a newbie declarer first have to know that the opponents' owning the ace in front of declarer's king means the king is a winning trick, before the newbie has to know how to determine ...
Bridge= Math?
I think there are differences in the basic elements for newest players from the not-quite-newest players. For the newest players, the most important elements, I think, are establishing a goal for a hand (counting tricks, for example) and then learning basic techniques to accomplish the goal. Examples are leading toward ...
What do you play over 1N (2!D), 1 Major?
If auction went 1NT-(2)-P-(P), opener would be expected to double with a doubleton diamond; otherwise, opener would pass and defend 2. I am not following the "eaten alive" comment. Let's go back to responder's position over 2. If responder has more than ...
What do you play over 1N (2!D), 1 Major?
As Phillip Martin suggests -- and keeps life simple for those of us who value simplicity and cannot be troubled to have myriad agreements that vary depending upon what 2 happens to mean for the opponents this round -- double is presumptively a semi-balanced hand of 7-8 HCP with a doubleton ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A85 AJ54 Q62 AK2
Peg, would your partner have bid over 4 on the hand you cite above? I am trying to learn what hands of opener would pass over 4 on this auction yet would bid over 4X.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A85 AJ54 Q62 AK2
Should opener pass a second double by responder? Opener chose to pass over 4 after responder made a presumably major suit penalty-oriented double of 2. If responder doubles a second time (this time over 4), should opener now bid? I honestly don't know: opener does have ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A85 AJ54 Q62 AK2
Against 4X, would East be up to leading the K? After something like K, A discouraged, small to J, A, and small spade, the result will be quite bloody.

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