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Ed Shapiro
Ed Shapiro
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Member Since
May 28, 2011
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
NABC winner NA Swiss Teams 1989
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Harrisburg Bridge Club
Favorite Conventions
Kaplan-Sheinwold, Blue Team Club systems
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Diamond Life Master
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1!H-1N; 2!H-2!S
For casual partnerships, after 1 - 1N - 2: Raise to 3 is better than an immediate simple raise with 3 trumps; 2 has similar high card values with 2 trumps. Mnemonic is 3 shows 3-card length.
Meaning of 2NT response to 2!C?
2 is natural, 2N shows 5+ controls, forcing to slam. Doesn't come up very frequently, but have had easy auctions when it has.
Some help needed.
Seems right to me. But, if I'm to agree play them, they do not absolutely deny 3-card support -- only show 3-card support in a hand worth a raise. Thus, it denies a flat, minimum opening with poor honor distribution.
What is the Difference
The first auction has two different cases, one where doubler's partner has not shown values (leb 2N or 3 of a suit when you're not playing lebensohl;) the other, where partner has shown values, such as a non-leb 2N or an encouraging 3 of a new suit. In ...
After bidding Stayman, what is 3D?
For over 50 years in my natural methods partnerships, game-forcing and willing to go past 3N in the interest of seeking other contracts. Not a strong slam try per se.
Is Rebid of Your Suit Forcing after a Reverse?
Abstaining because -- rightly or wrongly -- opener can pass a preference to the suit opened, a general "get out," which also denies 5 or more cards in responder's major.
An unofficial poll on the double-blitz rule
I learned this the hard way, in a GNOT district-level match, where we had had a pretty good set. Of course, we reported it to the director, who advised us of the rule. That (plus some embarrassingly bad play in other matches) kept us from making it to the next ...
17 point 2452
Might position matter? I personally am reticent in first or second seat to open a maximum point count, off-shape 1N, unless it feels it should be downgraded for an additional flaw. Maximums may play too well in a suit opposite an unpassed hand, and good slams may never be considered ...
Mark Blumenthal
I met Mark at a tournament in Atlantic City in 1962 and played with him now and then, into this century's first decade. But he was more important to me than that -- when we played a secondary game at the 1996 Philly Nationals he set me up to meet ...
Best use for this--Jump Reverse--bid?
Something else: Natural and non-forcing with 6-5 hands. This let us bid the suits in natural (longest first) order, in a minimum hand. When I played standard with a frequent partner (many years ago), we had lots of good results with this, and few bad ones, as silly and atheoretical ...

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