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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

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, Marty Singer, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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ATB Another Missed Slam
Yes, my mistake. Optical illusion?! Still good chances even if clubs 3-1. Maybe only 65-70%.
Who's side are you on?
In the former case I can live with the one distribution with a theoretical problem and either pass with minimal values, bid 1S on 4 card suit, bid 1NT with 5 small or risk the 5-2 fi, a problem that simply does not exist with 4513/4531/4540/4503 patterns ...
ATB Another Missed Slam
Great point. I find that after finding the major fit the "choice of slams" offering a bigger minor fit is not offered enough. Even at matchpoints it certainly has its place. After e.g. 1S-2C-2H-2S-3C- you have an excellent chance to choose 6C over 4S or 6S.
ATB Another Missed Slam
I'm far from a great declarer but let's say for the sake of argument you ruff the diamond opener and cash AK clubs. If 2-2 you are home. If not finesse spade. If Kx onside you're home, if Kxx onside, cash ace, ruff diamond and pitch board ...
Who's side are you on?
The double promises "two places to play" presumably including spades. So if doubler does not have clubs he has a diamond fit. Either way 3C to show extras, but not GF, caters to both possibilities. Conversely, partner's 1S overcall has shown nothing in the minors so the JS should ...
ATB Another Missed Slam
A lot better. Probably in the 75-80% zone as a guess.
Who's side are you on?
I think Jay's right and for the right reasons, very cogent. Where is the shade of grey? Partner can always offer a courtesy raise of 2C or cuebid with Inv. Values.
ATB Another Missed Slam
I figure 6S in the 43-45% range (Kx onside plus a bit more than half of Jxx onside or 3-2 king offside). I dont wish to be there in any game.
Polling Strength of 1m - 3N
That's way too strict for me, Brett. Over 1D are you supposed to bid 2C with 3=3=3=4 just because you have 2 aces. Points and shape and major denial in one bid seems accurate enough.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: KJT8 J943 62 KJ5
One of several reasons I prefer 1D with 4-4 minors.:)

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