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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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Member Since
Aug. 3, 2010
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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.

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Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
I think the applicable verbs are to "request" to be bracketed up and to "consent" to be bracketed down. There is neither a "request" to be bracketed down nor an unsolicited "force" to be bracketed down. And no proposal to remove directoral discretion to deny a request. The above is ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
I think the answer is "yes", Jim. See Mike Gill's comment about Bracket 1 of Gatlinburg or the team event that precedes the Spinderbilt. (That being said, many regional KOs have so few brackets that wanting to be given X additional master points for bracketing seeding will either not ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
With the addition of two supplemental pieces of information on a team entry sheet -- (1) a line for number of requested additional master points for bracketing; and (2) a checkbox for denying approval to be bracketed down -- it strikes me that a director's setting up brackets is, incrementally, not ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
We're all speculating here ... and my speculation is that very few teams will want to be bracketed up, and that very many teams are amenable to being bracketed down to accommodate those very few teams. The only "self-designation" is for teams that want to be bracketed up. Accordingly, I ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
I was with you, Max, until your last sentence. If a team doesn't want to be bumped down, then that team shouldn't be bumped down. OK to accommodate a team that wants to be bumped up, but ONLY IF there is a corresponding team that consents to being ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
Your proposed solution is based upon an assumption that any team that wants to "play up" has to choose to play up to the top bracket. Even if that is the practice of ACBL or ACBL directors (and, I understand, some directors just do not allow playing up at all ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
You are certainly on target to point out that the bridge interests of the fanatics that populate this website differ much from the bridge interests of duplicate players in general. However, if by "issue", you mean the desire to play "right-sized" competition in bracketed events, I believe that -- at least ...
Takeout or penalty?
One can edit the string to remove the question mark. But it will not be removed without the affirmative act of removing it.
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
This seems easy. Expressed preferences to not be bracketed down should prevail over expressed preferences to be bracketed up.
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
The formulae seem unnecessarily complex, the result, I suspect, of being adjusted over and over for small perceived inequities rather than being looked at a fresh for reasonableness and understandability. In an age of computer data manipulation, I wonder if it is possible that "strength of field" factor in mp ...

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