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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

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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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Totally agree with 4C.
Need help with this auction playing basic Transfer Precision
A couple of pithy comments!? a friends's rule:Never bid 7 in a club game unless you can count 14 tricks. Half the field misses slam entirely. As Mr. Fleet and others mentioned, this is so obvious a 6NT call by North it is laughable. You miss a makable ...
2C-2D-2S-3NT (opponents silent)
Cute use of zwischenzug. I also have never understood why 2D must “always” be used for the “waiting bid” without a good long suit to show. You could play 2H negative although that creates other issues, so at least defining SOMETHING for 2C-2NT could help at least part of the ...
2C-2D-2S-3NT (opponents silent)
Steve: I recall old Goren texts citing the jump to 4M as SHOWING 4 good trumps with no side control.
What does non leaping michaels show?
With 4S&5D you could Double and play equal level conversion, if you play that. With 4S&5+ clubs, I'd rather maintain the purity of holding a 5th spade for a 4H call and live with the rebid problems. Bidding 4C with 4S and 5/6 clubs and a ...
2C-2D-2S-3NT (opponents silent)
Without discussion, if 2D is the normal “waiting” or “negative” most hands without support that aren’t double negatives should simply bid their suit, or 2NT. A 3NT call “sounds like” a balanced 9-11 or so, although I’d probably avoid it. The advantage would be if partner bids 3-any ...
What do you think of the director's actions?
Not to sound supercilious (!) but while liquify and miniscule are considered acceptable spelling variants in the 20-21st centuries, supercede, while used since the17th century, is still considered a clear error. For more of this non-bridge stuff, just for fun, get a copy of “Death by Spelling” which should humble even ...
Plan the Play in 3NT at Matchpoints
You drink too much beer.:)
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 732 AQJ9 AK3 K97
Or Kxx hearts and xx spades?!
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: Q84 93 852 AT874
Thank you all for your comments and insights. I did choose double intending it as spade preferential and ability to handle the spade lead, although 3S was the logical alternative (I would never pass.) After the session I asked a very solid expert (perhaps 1 or 2 in NJ) and ...

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