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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
Last Seen
7 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Bridge musings:

  • An attribute I value (for bridge and otherwise) is recognizing what you do not know: ask more questions, state fewer conclusions.  Only sometimes do I act as I say one should act.
  • Wish that master points award system would motivate players to continue to challenge themselves to improve: need to better align awards with the achievements producing the awards.
  • Wish that club directors would (politely) instruct players about Unauthorized Information and Logical Alternatives; that is, Fair Play.  Not a crime (but then, not an accolade, either) to take too much or too little time to think about a call or play, but is unethical for partner to take winning inferences from the pace of the call or play.
  • Am deeply involved in developing and teaching after school bridge programs.  Teach play before bidding (mini-bridge), teach declarer play before defensive play, teach notrump play before suit play.  But, first, ensure kids are safe, have fun, allow other kids to learn, and respect each other, the teachers, and the school. See
  • Loved bridge from the moments I learned to play, but placed bridge behind other matters such as career and family.  Took a 15 year hiatus from significant play.
  • Still improving as a player.  Do not look forward to the time when my skills will plateau.
  • Best skill as a bridge player: envisaging during the auction how the play might proceed.  Poorest skill as a bridge player: perhaps too many to mention.

Bridge Information

ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Causes of lost time in high level pairs competitions.
Where would you place wasting time between or before boards (rather than during play)?
How to bid this in 2/1
Jim, you appear to have the bidding diagram and compass positions mismatched. There is a reason that The Bridge World calls this type of hand, assuming playing of "standard" bidding methods, "the death hand". There is no good answer to your question. Some would bid 2 with thought that ...
The fruits of optimism
3, not 2 on first board?
Does anybody dislike 2/1?
When New England Youth Bridge teaches bidding, we teach 2/1 but without forcing 1NT. That's not a great combination for precision bidding, but it is a great combination for ease of learning. We focus on trying to answer two questions: does the bidding side have an 8+ major ...
How Would You Interpret This Double?
DSI might be my least favorite acronym in bridge. Unless the double is giving partner some information about your hand, why would you expect partner to guess what actions by partner are intelligent and which are not?
What is the best line in 2!S?
Tip: You will get more replies if you were to use the Bridge Winners hand display tools. That's because that use is easier for readers to digest. (The hand display will look similar to a newspaper bridge column.) After Create/Article, choose the compass icon that is the last ...
Plan your play
I would never play for this layout. But, if North wins a diamond at Trick 1 and returns a diamond: if North holds both black kings and West is about to play the last heart to discard a club from East ... ...............Kxx ...............-- ...............-- ................K x..........................AQJ x..........................-- --..........................-- Qx.........................x Edited to ...
Plan your play
A, A, Q. If Q is not covered, discard a diamond, win return, two rounds of trumps ending in dummy, take club finesse. If Q is covered, ruff, two rounds of trumps ending in dummy, discard diamond on J, take club finesse. I'm sure I will soon learn what ...
Bridge Rating Study - Follow Up
Why do you assume that a full-fledged rating system is needed to counter the misplacement of the players/teams you described? Are there no ways other than full-fledged ratings to improve bracket placement?
Best use of jump shifts?
I think that XYZ has lessened the need for direct strong jump shifts in some auctions, as have more advanced forms of Jacoby 2NT.

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