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Jeff Lehman
Jeff Lehman
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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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Would you call for the director?
True, Ian. As others have noted, the definition of "constructive raise" around here (US) is pretty standard as "top of single raise range". So "some knowledge" can be assumed among experienced players at the table (sort of like explaining "Jacoby 2NT" would be assumed to be a 4+ card forcing ...
Would you call for the director?
I prefer "what are your partnership's agreements about what means a constructive raise?", but yeah ... that would have been good advice for me to follow. That advice is better advice when behind screens, where one does not, I suppose, risk having a more complete explanation increase the chances of ...
Would you call for the director?
Steve, would it not be decidedly bizarre for North to make a constructive raise and simultaneously plan to raise South's potential 2 signoff to game?
Would you call for the director?
David's advice is indeed interesting. Passing 2 means that I could be conceding the opponents' playing in 2, when a better score could be available to my side by either declaring 3 or defending 3. However, bidding 3 allows South to differentiate between a ...
Would you call for the director?
At some time, a player can be in a position where the player is concerned that an opponent has communicated to his partner MI or UI ... concerned but uncertain. Many opined that that position is not presented by the current facts, perhaps because the North hand in the subject auction ...
Would you call for the director?
I felt pretty comfortable that constructive raise meant something pretty close to 8-9 points in support. That seems to be the interpretation I see from local players. While I have certainly learned from this thread that many others disagree with me, I certainly did not think it would cover a ...
Would you call for the director?
"What sort of hand bids 3 in your partnership?" and "what is your partnership's agreement about what constitutes a 'constructive raise'?" would, indeeed, have been preferable questions to have asked. I doubt the answers would be highly forthcoming -- "just bridge" comes to mind -- but the suggestion is a ...
Would you call for the director?
I have clearly failed in my attempt to eliminate the peripheral issues of this being a club game so you don't care (by saying, assume it is the final of a regional game so that you do care) and the North hand looks like a constructive raise to you ...
Would you call for the director?
Some seem to have imbued different thoughts to me from those I held, even though I think it’s not difficult to understand where I was coming from. Let me try to eliminate some peripheral issues to place you in my position. For those of you who believe that different ...
Active Ethics (Again)
I think the most common form of Active Ethics I observe practiced is from declarer's announcements before the opening lead is faced. Declarer explains what incremental information is disclosed by the partnership agreements beyond information that is required to be alerted. This would include negative inferences which the ACBL ...

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