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All comments by Michael Shuster
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If you overcall 3, and LHO raises, your partnership will make dumb decisions about when to double them.
July 15, 2012
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ACDE. I agree with the double of 1.
July 6, 2012
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Note that I gave a scheme where cheating would be next to impossible. Computers can go a long way in that regard.
July 5, 2012
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Just to be clear, Josh, Blackwood is NOT a tool for investigating slam. It is a tool for DRIVING to slam. You get no slam tries at all, just an automatic slam when you have enough key cards. I like judgement. I could live the rest of my life without blackwood and not miss it at all.
July 5, 2012
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We are FAR apart (other than I agree that neg doubles with 5-5 in the majors and no values are bad). But mostly in evaluation. When I hold 4 trumps, a stiff, 9 HCP and partner has opened the bidding, I'm not nearly as afraid as you of my partner converting my negative double. Cheese? Not at all.

And why is it a burden for partner to have to cater to 9 HCP and 4-4 in the majors in response to a negative double? Thats what it shows!!!
July 4, 2012
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I dislike the methods a lot. I voted for 4, but only because I'm stubborn. This is a slammish min; essentially you want to play slam opposite a 5-card diamond suit and not so much opposite four. A rolling 4, allowing for a regressive 4NT or 5 call fits the bill.
July 4, 2012
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*bangs head against wall* If you just showed some values on the first round of the auction, you wouldn't have to guess on the second round!
July 3, 2012
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Well, this hand is surely prepared to defend clubs if that is what partner wants to do. I don't understand, are you saying you shouldn't make completely normal negative doubles, because they could also be a balanced 10 count? You are actually playing “optional” doubles, not negative doubles in that case and I seriously doubt that we've come full circle back to 1965 on this.
July 3, 2012
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I disagree strongly. I think the way to sustain big money tournaments is to have the courage to run them. And to secure them from cheating. Bridge pro tour failed, and deservedly so. You can't tempt a pro from a regular date with a small 1st prize. Once the entry gets on the order of $2500 or more, you start getting a nice prize pool and people will want to play.

I have a scheme for this as an individual.
1) It is done on computer terminals, barometer style. Where it is impractical to have everyone get their own room, each ordinal direction is placed in the same room.
2) It is played as an individual. Everyone is handed something like LC Standard card when they walk in. There is no chatting, alerting or other conversation at the virtual table.
3) When you log in, you get an anonymous player ID#. You can see the other ID#'s of the players at the table and on the leaderboard, but not their names. This prevents players in regular partnerships from using private conventions.

July 3, 2012
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Can't believe all the support for passing with perfect major shape and 3 cover cards; I'd've been on board for a negative double if the overcall had been 4.
July 3, 2012
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If you lead any spade, there is no possible way your side will be on lead at trick two.
July 1, 2012
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First off… 1 with the opening hand? Good Grief! Second, if those are our hands and hearts are 4-1, we aren't playing anything at the 5-level anyways.

I have a rather simple rule that after a major is opened and raised, we can play in that suit, 3NT, or 4 (if the opener was 1). A minor contract is barely possible at the 6-level, and is wildly unlikely after a simple raise. It is really hard to play bridge if you are constantly wondering what suit is trumps.

If I had to guess, the player taking the survey got to declare is 0-4 or 0-5 fit on this auction.
June 25, 2012
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You guys are way off. The 2 bidder can't possibly be expected to be making a 6-level decision opposite a 1-level opener. 5 with partner on lead has to be preparing for a 5 bid. It could OFTEN be bid on a void.
June 24, 2012
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But Kelsey wrote a book on MPs! If only Kit had done the same. Wait…
June 23, 2012
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I'm not sure what South did wrong. 100% to north, so I voted other.
June 16, 2012
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My primary rule for when to open 2 is that if they bid higher than I'm willing to bid on my own, When I double them, they will go down.
June 11, 2012
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I am bidding 2 only because I want my opponents to figure out what their fits are. I WANT them to compete at the three level, but am worried 3 would blow them out. So 2 now, then 3 over 2 or (better yet) 2.
June 11, 2012
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I'm not sure how I'd bid this if RHO hadn't psyched. Scientific auctions with one hand having this much strength are very difficult. I'd like to find out if partner has a 5CM. I don't think I can with any confidence.
June 9, 2012
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I don't have any real questions for Bob, but just want to mention that in Bob's house, he has many trophies on display. Spingold's, Vanderbilt's, etc. Among those trophies is a small novelty shop style trophy which says “Worlds Greatest Bridge Player.” Cracked me up in the “Its funny because its true” sense.

Thanks Bob for your generosity, kindness and dedication to the game and its players. The world is a richer, more interesting place due to your presence.
June 9, 2012
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When I was 18 and drew a bunch of celebrities in the first round of the Spingold (Lawrence, Granovetter, Garozzo, Eisenberg) we were down over 200 imps with 1 quarter to go. We didn't withdraw. And there was no hard feelings. Granovetter DID play much faster though :).

I never ask an opponent to withdraw. If they want to withdraw, they'll let us know.
June 8, 2012
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