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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
10 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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Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: xx KJT AKQTx KQx
Just for informational purposes, a double raise of major is not unheard of in expert circles, and was somewhat popular long ago. Back in 2012 there was a Bridge World similar problem, something like AKx xx AKxx Axxx after 1D-1S. While several experts did choose 2NT, the top score went ...
Weak Jump Shifts or Soloway Jump Shifts
1M-3m is a solid meaningful and well defined alternative. However 1m-2M still has great value as Soloway SJS staying at 2-level.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: T2 KQT742 K T652
Craig: The flip side is that if Opener could actually bid 3S you will be playing some game (or. Slam), so going past 3H is not a worry. There may be more subtle reasons for inverting these, like allowing openers 2NT over 2S OGUST to code/ask for something, but ...
Play 6NT
At the table I would surely play spade king and another early and when lhocshowed our duck it to Rho. Then only a diamond shift breaks the double squeeze. Winning line too difficult for me.
Poker anyone?
The 1 in 715 curiosity is also the number of distinct 4 card suits (13 choose 4), like AKQJ or an other specific 4 card holding. So calculating the frequency of being dealt AKQJ, or the frequency of being dealt 2 identical 4 card suits in same hand, isn't ...
David Parsons's bidding problem: KT9 Q963 K6543 8
While the 3S call does risk running into a junk Stayman poor hand, its a reasonable risk to take that partner does not have that. And while I, like Richard Fleet, would not open 1NT with that particular hand, there are many other hands with 5 spades and near maximal ...
A play problem from today's Swiss
I would try to cash diamond quack before club ace and ruff, orherwise as crossruff lines.
Leonard Helfgott's bidding problem: 864 AKJ53 J74 A5
Thanks Craig. Your analysis was right on the money and I appreciate being educated in an area I have not had much exposure to. Playing with a friend and mentee I could not be sure how “disciplined” he was, and though I wanted to bid 3D I thought it as ...
common game deal best line for 6NT
David Yates (and others) are correct. My 10 second analysis after a long day was wrong. The only advantage to a club is that you go down at trick 13 (or thereabouts) instead of trick 4 when diamonds are wrong (QJxx/xx). :). My wife always backs into a parking spot ...
As I mentioned in a subsequent post, this posting was an error, the hearts should have been QJx not KQx. With the hand above I would personally upgrade to a 20-21 2NT. :)

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