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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, Sue Fulton, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau, Peter Stein,
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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McCabe above 2 level?
Sounds like you guys are arguing unnecessarily. If preemptor has something like AKxxxx or KQJxxx he can of course lead that suit happily no matter what you say, but AQ, AJ and KJ or weaker holdings can be dangerous, so leading partner’s choice has value there. I personally do ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: AJx xx QTx AKxxx
:) In the “old days”. Weren't we taught to NOT overcall at 2 level on a 5 card suit, especially when red and especially at Imps. Of course no one is that strict anymore, and you have to balance suit quality against shape—- and strength of major fragment. So we ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 9 T542 8752 AT32
Richard: 5D=very good diamonds sounds like a "picture bid" or NOT Fast Arrival application, which I fully endorse. I could not fathom bidding 3S on a singleton (as suggested by Mr. Zastera) or jumping to 5D with this hand and catching partner with the huge spade hand (missing 4S ...
McCabe above 2 level?
I believe that Mccabe was originally constructed for weak twos. So IN THEORY it wouldn't necessarily apply to higher levels. However, my amenable partner(s) have already included it over higher preempts at my suggestion. The "painting a roadmap" drawback suggested by Steve Moese seems nowhere near as important ...
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 9 T542 8752 AT32
I don’t understand why 4D should show slam interest, given that 3D is game forcing. I understand 3NT with 10xxx hearts, but What if opener has a big 2-suiter, perhaps AJxxx Ax AKQTx x, and you hold x xxx Jxxx AJxxx. That’ 8 tricks at NT and 11+ in ...
I met Ken Lebensold last night
Ken Lebensold wrote one of the most entertaining Bridge World articles ever, "Odd Bridge" in 1975. When my unit (106) asked me for some literature for their newsletter, around 1999, I contacted Mr. Lebensold and he was kind enough to allow me to reprise his terrific piece of fiction.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: ATxxx A9xx KQx x
Well, this problem appears to be a dud for most. I’m wondering if the voting would materially differ if the majors were reversed (4=5=3=1) or the suit qualities were vastly different, e.g. Txxxx AKJx KQx x.
How do you play Picture Bid when the choice is 3M or 4M?
Steve: The advantage to picture jumps is that it immediately focuses on the strong trump holding (within a usually minimum or non-maximal hand) as opposed to just any minimum hand. Sometimes opener is much more concerned with trump strength for slam investigation that whether merely minimal or not. It also ...
How do you play Picture Bid when the choice is 3M or 4M?
I agree with you Jeff. Picture jump to 4S with AQx Qx xxx AKxxx very descriptive. Jump to 3S to signify immediate slam interest requesting (demanding?) immediate cuebid—eg. 1S-2C-2D-3S with AJx Kxx AX Axxxx. Quiet return to just 2S (GF) for everything else.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 973 QJ9873 42 J3
3rd seat fairly obvious. This was Hand 5 of Tuesday’s Common Game and analyst suggested 2H.

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