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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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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Is 4333 a semi-balanced distribution?
Richard Pavlicek’s measure of skewness might help.
Is 4333 a semi-balanced distribution?
If you share common parents with your sibling, would you call that person your half-sibling? Of course not.
...and the band played on...
Is that like “Meathead” (Rob Reiner, in “All in the Family”) hopping down the staircase on one foot because he was wearing one shoe when the house might have been on fire?
A suit combination
Maybe we should ask Chthonic (see Bridge World) how “he” would defend. I’m sure we would receive a lengthy and scathing soliloquy. (I was not sure whether assigning a gender to the fictional Chthonic would please or dismay our distaff readers, but the imperious Chthonic seems a male personality ...
Michaels Crazy
I seem to recall a section from one of Michael Lawrence’s books where he recommends (in some cases), using Michaels over 1m with 4S and 5H given problems with losing spades after the 1H overcall (or landing badly in a minor after a double.) If my memory is Whack ...
Smolen over 2NT
As partner is in theory unlimited in values and may have unusual shape (5404/5440) it does seem unwise to preempt partner (with 4S) instead of letting him take control. Jumping to 4S seems to be taking Fast Arrival concepts a bit too far, even if you are a Fast ...
how do you bid these hands?
Agreed. You simply cannot NOT bid 2H with this hand. If partner passes 2H, tough. Playing Fit jumps in comp are great, but also play 2/2 is forcing. Even 2/1 or 1/1 might be better as forcing, but 2/2 definitely, IMO.
YBTD after slow double
Not sure why 3H is "taking advantage" if East chooses to not bid more strongly. The most likely distributions for West's double are 4513, 3514 and 3523 and 2/3rds of those have only 3 spades. Partner may have been worried about a 4C response with say 4522. If ...
YBTD after slow double
Richard: No argument, but if no Double would you prefer Pas, 3H or 4C?
Is there a sound mathematical basis for this?
Yes. I flunk reading comprehension! Need to rethink completely!

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