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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Aug. 20, 2015
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United States of America

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The Worst Convention Ever
I think prior discussions and statistical analysis in Bridgewinners have shown that 5M332 opposite a balanced hand with 2 in major plays better in 1NT than 2M, as it IS one level lower. However the difference is admittedly small and the variance is high, so as each hand is a ...
Do YOU play any of the "Worst Conventions?"
I actually prefer the Gerber Transfer, I.e. 1NT-4C-4S-p. holding KQTxxxx KQx x KJ ! :)
Do YOU play any of the "Worst Conventions?"
Someone recently mentioned something about being called out for failure to alert "reverse freakin' Smolen"! I had a good laugh but when I mentioned this at the club, no one got it.
Do YOU play any of the "Worst Conventions?"
"Birthright"??? What's that?
Trick 12 Decision
Thanks Kevin. Wow, for those into game theory this is a challenge. Clearly from West's point of view East must hold the spade10 for defense to have any chance. Then 109x is 40% vs. 10xx at 60% I think. So if West plays "perfectly" the odds favor ducking, but ...
Do YOU play any of the "Worst Conventions?"
While I haven't played Fishbein since I learned in the 60s, in "thinking out loud" it might make some sense only against 3C or 4C openers. Since T/O doubles of 3C/4C are in theory for 3 suits but in practice heavily focused on the majors, especially with ...
Do YOU play any of the "Worst Conventions?"
Gerber is an excellent convention if it is not abused, as "4 clubs is always Gerber" which seems so disgustingly common. Just a jump over a quantitative NT bid, 1NT-4C, 2NT-4C, 1D-2NT-4C, 2C-2D-2NT-4C and very close analogues. That's about it and when used as such works great.
The Worst Convention Ever
Cornelia: What does "open correctly" mean. In standard American. Opening a flat 11count in 1St/2nd is not standard. Wouldn't you want partner to protect the likely plus if you passed and partner held 11 or good 10 in 3rd?
Trick 12 Decision
Perhaps it is my babysitting this Saturday morning for my 2-year old beautiful and precocious granddaughter (Broadway tickets and dinner to my daughter and SIL) but i am having a slight blind spot. Since declarer is 3:2 to hold the spade 9, wouldn't West winning the ace immediately ...
And West bidding just 2S isn't?

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