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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
5 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning a 1981 Sectional against strong LMs for Intermediate Player of the Year---back in the day!
Regular Bridge Partners
Burrell Humphreys, Irwin Miller, Sue Fulton, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau, Peter Stein,
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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My first ATB
East made a red vs white 2 level overcall and then reinforced his club length. Really, how much less can he have? 13 vs 9 and the club finesse is not a cinch j
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: AK876 KJ732 98 K
Richard: OFA???
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: AK876 KJ732 98 K
Jxxxx AKQTx Ax x ?? If you play Soloway jumps, not a bad 3H.
Downgrades?
Still wouldn’t be “dumb” and that’s a payoff you always risk when you open 1NT with a 5CM. The 5-2 might not be best but if you open 1”NT at all with 5CM you may as well play the 5-2.
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
a priori the ratio of any single 4-3 holding to any single 5-2 holding is exactly 9/11, so restricted choice would be 18:11 or 1.636:1 in favor of finesse. Once spades are assumed 2-2 the odds change to exactly 7/9, so RS would be 14 ...
Apportion the blame - a missed slam (second try)
Not an opening bid for me but certainly an overcall of some kind, Michaels preferred. However, West has a 100% clear 5H cue, "free of charge" so to speak.
Help with Bridge Probability
Like the classic one deck Blackack problem with three 8s and 2 sevens remaining. Stand pat regardless of holding and dealer will always bust.
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
What the hay? May as well throw my hat in the ring. although 4N-3S is 31+% there are 7C3 or 35 combos of which only 1 is QJ9, so a priori QJ9 is ~31/35%, a bit more than 6/7%. Conversely, although 5N-2S is only 15+% there are only ...
Help with Bridge Probability
Yes, but the growth beyond 40% or 50% is VERY slow. Even with two side suits breaking 8-8 and only 10 cards left, it is still under 50%. In the above case with spades 3-3 it is still under 40% for hearts 3-3. Nevertheless, the drop is always better than ...
Downgrades?
A 5-2 major partial might not be ideal but it usually is not a “dumb partscore”
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