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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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Zonal Governance Proposals
Many of the issues that large land area districts face differ from the issues that more compact highly-populated districts face. Just as many of the issues that large for-profit bridge clubs face differ from the issues that a small community-driven bridge clubs face. Somehow, we just have to be sure ...
Hool - A Prelude to Bridge
If you have competitive environments where the competitors are rough peers of the students, I see nothing wrong with trying to get the students into that competitive environment early. If you have no competitive environment where the competitors are rough peers of the students -- that is, the competitors are more ...
On the road to bridge: Whist
Having experienced, from the youth audience I teach, negative feedback from using too many "lesson hands" -- seems to them like too much homework when they mostly just want to play -- I do present random hands after a formal lesson. So, while I defer trump suit play for awhile, too, once ...
Zonal Governance Proposals
The weighting of votes scares me. Seems like the old laws that (I believe) gave voting rights based upon land ownership. Something that moves away from voting by unit board members to a broader group is attractive ... but becomes more attractive when there is some mechanism for communicating the platform ...
Zonal Governance Proposals
More of a fan of dedicating board seats to bridge stakeholders (club owners, club players, tournament regulars, etc.) than I am to dedicating board seats to functional specialties (technology, etc.) Seems to me that distinguishing between core interests and support interests is appropriate. And that support interests can best be ...
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: AQ5 Q987 QJ6 KQJ
Good points, Kieran.
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: AQ5 Q987 QJ6 KQJ
Any concern about the weakness of heart suit for 3NT? I think that 3NT should have higher minimum than 2NT, but perhaps 3NT should also have more of its strength in both round suits, with concern about notrump being the best strain opposite potential heart shortness?
Zonal Governance Proposals
Ray, yes. Why would you think otherwise? The two semi-hidden agenda in what you refer to as my "recent mantra" are: (1) the misguided target of ACBL on increased membership (it is increased play that should be the target, IMO); and (2) the apparent misguided focus on increased attendance over ...
Zonal Governance Proposals
One important factor in the redefinition of the role of BOD can be found in the chart that was created by another of Steve Moese's committees, the one he and Jeff Bayone shared that addressed the need of the various constituencies of ACBL (club players, club owners, sectional operations ...
Zonal Governance Proposals
As much as I like Max' proposals, I keep coming back to one central theme: Improved effectiveness of the BOD is dependent upon changing what they do and don't do MUCH more than it is dependent upon its size and structure. What ACBL needs is not only a board ...

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