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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning a 1981 Sectional against strong LMs for Intermediate Player of the Year---back in the day!
Regular Bridge Partners
Burrell Humphreys, Irwin Miller, Sue Fulton, Alex Salpeter, Ed Landau, Peter Stein,
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Fred King's bidding problem: 9 9642 QJT KQJT5
If you have an understanding that as a passed hand you likely have a second place to play (likely hearts for lack of a 2NT call) then 3C is much safer.
Another "what is standard?" poll
What about 3C with say xx KQTx xx KTxxx?
RHO open 1NT, you have 2524 and 15 points
I prefer Mod Capp. Or ASTRO so will bid 2C to show M&m in ModCap or H&m in ASTRO. Would not pass. If playing one of the above conventions, would bid not pass.
Another "what is standard?" poll
I think it should be a 1-round force, but more importantly as Michael Rosenberg suggested, partner’s should agree on F vs. NF and what Hand types are appropriate. I do think doubler should almost always have exactly 3H. Advancer might have a good 4H&5C 8 count for example ...
Another "what is standard?" poll
Just playing Devils Advocate to those above, perhaps Doubler has a single stopper plus majors, 15 hcp and preferred Double to 1NT overcall with AQJx KJx Axx xxx. I don’t think 1NT is ‘automatic” vs. a Double or even a 1S overcall. After Double and partner’s 2H jump ...
Another "what is standard?" poll
14 might be a tad light but I’m with Phil on this.
Another "what is standard?" poll
Yes. The 2H jump already implies Inv values, say 8-11, so the 2NT is likely 3H and offering a choice of games lIke 3NT or 4H or even spades opposite a 4-5 10 count. I would think 15-16 is sufficient.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: K52 QT4 J96 QT87
Just to touch off the subject, if we assume a priori that AQJxx xxx Kx KJx and the actual AQJxx xxxx K KJx both have 7 losers, the 2D bid on left increases the Loser Count of the balanced hand by 1 (assuming DK is now worthless in both cases ...
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
Craig: I love these computer simulations/analyses! Keep ‘em coming. BTW how does 1NT ever tie 2S at BAM? Doesn’t 120 beat 110 at BAM? Maybe -50 ties -50? At IMPs where the plus is key, I would expect 2S to win except for 5332 oppos. A doubleton.
For those of a certain age
Well, when I started college (1965) I had a broken leg, on crutches, and had to climb stairs to ride the NYC subway/el system. One time I got on the subway car, on crutches with bookbag and the car was completely filled, no seats. How many of the 60 ...

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