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Bill Shutts
Bill Shutts
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Member Since
Aug. 6, 2011
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
Chicago and $IMP addict from the '70s in Kansas City and '80s in San Diego. Currently disguised as a systems/software engineer and data maven supporting the USMC and USAF V-22 Osprey Communities. Proud to be the human of Wolfie Amadeus Muttzart AKA Count Barkula (pictured), philosopher - "I bark therefore I am" - and pom in the butt. My philosophy is a good pun is *not* as satisfying as an entry shifting squeeze.
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing vs. Kaplan-Kay in Spingold
Bridge Accomplishments
Few and Far Between
Regular Bridge Partners
None at Present
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ACBL Ranking
Gold Life Master
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Neil Silverman's bidding problem: T83 AKQT54 9 KJ5
So partner will divine to bid 4 on Axx xxx xx AQxxx? FWIW, I find this really close. But I would have made a strong jump shift response (if available) had they not interfered. Despite Richard's construction, this suggests that going set at 5, or 6 if we ...
ATB -- Phantom Save
South forgot to tell his partner not to save and North fell into his partner's trap.
BIT in slam bidding
A heavy 4NT may be a logical alternative, but I think it is far from clear that 4 is suggested by the BIT. Balancing with four of a presumably single suited minor has such a low reward to risk ratio, especially at matchpoints, that you should expect a very ...
How Would You Rule on This Claim?
I believe the directors got this right. Failing to jettison the A is inferior, not irrational in the meaning of the laws. In fairness, there is a serious divide among bridge players over how much leeway a declarer should get when he fails to state a comprehensive line of play ...
If you know the play you know it/or else it's tough
You mean the hand Belladonna denied having played?
Double Trouble: Rod Strikes Out Again!
IMHO South is worth a constructive 3 on the first round. If not, a sign of life over 3 is in order.
Is This Deal Stranger Than Fiction?
Yes. After two articles and six hand diagrams, I have gained new appreciation for the effort expended by Kit et al who publish complex articles with many diagrams frequently.
Break In Tempo
I might rule that 15-20 sec is not a BIT if the tempo was allegro or vivace for 2 skips and a 5 level competitive bid.
Play 6NT
Almost impossible is a huge overbid. Win the Q, unblock Q, come to the K, cash the A throwing a heart from dummy leaving AK7 ... 8 5 ..... K9 7 ..... -- 8 ..... QJ5 I think you are a strong favorite to pick the winning squeeze and there are significant beer chances.
Play 6NT
I like winning the first heart, testing a high club, and assuming clubs are not 5-0 returning a heart intending to finesse/duck. North may guess to duck from QJTxx. On a really good day you might switch horses to guess the 87 doubleton with South. If clubs break 5-0 ...

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