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

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Is Mitch Hodus, the IT head of ACBL, gone, too?
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
"Gee, I wonder what a second legal opinion would have cost the ACBL from a software IP lawyer. Go figure." Not engaging experts seems to be a common theme at ACBL. See the separate thread about meeting planners/negotiators for another example. That many of the experts that should be ...
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Running for a unit or district director position is a way of influencing bridge that is appropriate for some. That it is not appropriate for many others (for whatever reason) should not minimize the validity of the opinions offered by them. I don't think that any "contribution to bridge ...
Are you in shape? We weren't
3 by East at his third turn, if showing four hearts, surely discloses a lot of information to the defense. For that information to be more useful to West than to the defenders requires, it seems to me, a parlay: for West to also have four hearts (which his ...
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"The only conceivable reason for master points is to keep people in the game by getting them hooked on collecting them." Only if you were to change the word "collecting" to "earning" might I agree with you. IMHO, ACBL has done much harm to the growth of the game for ...
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Agree with comments immediately above. If a Flight C pair beats all other Flight C pairs, why should such pair not win mps? Now, I have lots of complaints about the AMOUNT of mps awarded for some rather merit-limited accomplishments (such as beating only other Flight C pairs but getting ...
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
Thank you, Nic, for correcting my sloppy language. I intended not to focus on "who terminated the contract", but rather on the "why has ACBL not explained to members" why they allowed the contract to be terminated. As you have consistently, and forcefully, argued, you attribute the failure to agree ...
Are you in shape? We weren't
I don't think the heart calls by either partner showed four hearts; I have accepted that finding a fit in the fourth suit is just not something to accommodate. I am not sure if I would have opened the East hand, because I evaluate the hand as a marginal ...
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Nic, I, for one, appreciate your taking the time to explain why the contract costs were written off by ACBL. Alas, you are not the party who chose to terminate the contract; the ACBL is. Speaking for myself, the party whose explanation I want to hear is ACBL. And while ...
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Hey, I think it is fine to make a plea in Bridge Winners to try to minimize the losses expected from failure to meet the host hotel room commitment. But ... 1. "In the age of internet hotel deals and Airbnb, the old, contractual NABC host hotel model isn’t working ...

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