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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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Conflict of Interest
Kind of insular policy, isn't it? Seems prone to the potential of "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours". Is this the type of conflict of interest policy that a specialist in not-for-profits would suggest as a model?
BW 2/1: Splinters Into Opener's Suit
Just my preference, of course, but: responder's second round jump to 4 shows a picture bid, meaning a minimum with no first or second round control in the red suits thus implying good spades and clubs; responder's second round jump to 3 shows extra values, at ...
Conflict of Interest
I await what the Board has to say, too. But, were it not for posts similar to Nic's, would we Members even know that there is something for which we should expect to hear from the Board?
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Is the bigger question, how is this experiment expected to lead to a long-term increase in the amount of duplicate bridge played?
Conflict of Interest
Let's have some tranparency to members. If there is even an appearance of improper financial self-interest, should there not be disclosure to members of that appearance and disclosure of why the appearance does not rise to sufficient actual conflict so as to merit restrictive action by the Board? One ...
Mike Ma's bidding problem: --- KJ9x Tx QJT8764
If North's hand and West's hand were swapped, how might the choice of South to preempt have likely worked out? Surely, West would have doubled, and then ...?
ATB - non-making game instead of diamond slam
2 advance rather than 4? Perhaps that is a slight overstatement of strength, but it seems to do a better job of leading to the right strain, thus worth the slight strength overstatement. As is, should South have made a slam try? If North has a fifth heart ...
Mike Ma's bidding problem: --- KJ9x Tx QJT8764
I wonder how votes would differ if the side suit were spades, rather than hearts.
Mean .vs. Geomean
Here is a contribution I had made to the cited thread: "Some commenters are concerned about an issue of unfairness arising out of using an arithmetic average as the basis for determining the Strength of Field (whether such average includes factors other than accumulated master points or not). The concern ...
Mean .vs. Geomean
Would seem weird to me if the number of mps awarded to the winner could not be determined once the field is identified, but rather could be determined only after the winner is identified. But, again, I am betting that a committee (that includes a mathematician) can figure something out ...

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