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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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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.

Bridge Information

ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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I am betting you are referring to Amaresh Deshpande, the programmer behind Kida, which is an app for playing various card combinations that, hopefully, leads to its youthful users ASKING to be taught to play bridge. Amaresh has contributed to this website in the past, and will likely respond to ...
Dove giocare al bridge a Genoa?
Our condolences to those who perished and our wishes for a full recovery to those who are injured.
What is the logic of Senior events now considering...
If the reason for senior events is that reduced stamina causes them (yeah, in my case, us) to be unable to compete with younger players, then, it strikes me, senior events should have fewer boards or longer rounds or both. But, the senior events have none of that. The poster ...
On teaching beginners to play
When do you introduce trump suit play to beginners, Jeff? I tend to defer trump suit play until all the other basic techniques for "winning more tricks" (promotion, establishment of length, finessing, preservation of entries) have been introduced. Then I present an example, stolen (with attribution) from Fred Gitelman, that ...
On teaching beginners to play
I think I agree. The one item in that list that seems to get less emphasis from teachers' communications is entries/communications. Yet, I think that entries/communications is one of the most fun elements to teach to beginners ... an element that produces from students some of the "aha! moments ...
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: J83 AQ6 AJ986 T6
12-14 1NT openings anyone?
Are you legitimate or illegitimate?
Surely there must be a promotion element for the great spot cards.
On teaching beginners to play
Bridge is about winning tricks. A few preliminary matters have to be taught about what means "winning tricks" (rank of cards, following suit, four cards played in clockwise order, count tricks won by a partnership and not by each member of the partnership, etc.) After understanding what means "winning tricks ...
Barrere Wins Senior Swiss
The Daily Bulletin mentioned that the win satisfies the last requirement to make Harker a Grand Life Master.
Calculations of Master Point Awards
Yes, you could be wrong. These were the two questions asked: 1. "How much should strength of field, size of field, and duration of event contribute to master point awards?" Examples of actual master point awards from events just concluded at Atlanta NABCs -- events that have varying strengths of field ...

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