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Leonard Helfgott
Leonard Helfgott
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Member Since
Aug. 20, 2015
Last Seen
45 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
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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Downgrades?
Your results are highly consistent with 1Hcp being worth about 19-20% increase when in the central likelihoods of making 3NT. Very convincing.
Really bad or not
I consider it a bad bid, I wouldn’t bid it, but I have partners who might.
Would you open 1NT with a void?
40 years ago Eddie Kantar (the notable 4CM buff) preferred 1S with AKxx AQxx JTxxx —.
Unusual Avoidance
Wow! Dave and Josh, I guess you both know the word antipodes?. While I am in the camp where rebid of 2M doesn’t promise 6, rebidding 2H on Axxxx is a highly flawed action when there is a reasonable alternative. Similarly rebidding 2NT with xx diamonds seems seriously flawed ...
Downgrades?
For what it’s worth a meta-analysis of Thomas Andrews stupendous 2NT simulations (20/21 oppos. 4-5) shows that a Jack adds 19% to prob of making 3NT and a ten adds 6%. The presence of ANY honor in a 3+ card holding reduces the prob. of opponents running the ...
Downgrades?
Somehow whenever I open 1NT with QJ partner raises to 3NT with xx and they cash the first 5-6 tricks!:)
Downgrades?
That’s an important observation. Since most of us upgrade occasionally and much more than we ever downgrade, how should this be reflected on the card and/or before play?
Downgrades?
Yes, but there is a limit to granularity in a poll. Hand 3 has only 4 controls, no spots, and horrible QJ.
How Unusual is this Hand
Another way to demonstrate equivalence is to note that 52C13= 52!/((39!)*(13!)). The first two terms produce my denominator and the third term times 4^13 produces 52*48*...*8*4, my numerator.
How Unusual is this Hand
No confusion, my calculation produces exactly the same results, as they must if set up properly. Learned it as a young teenager from “Scarnes Complete Guide to Gambling” and from George Coffin’s. “Poker Game Complete”. Has worked well for over 55 years!
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