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John Schuler
John Schuler
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 24, 2017
Last Seen
Feb. 23
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Expert and theorist, retired "computer guy". Occasional Bridge World contributor; inactive ACBL LM.

Legally blind sine '91 - I get Bridge Winner problems wrong and I need undo's at the online tables!

My wife and I walk our dog daily on San Diego's Fiesta Island: 93 acres of fenced, beach-on-3-sides dog paradise. Bring your dog!

I like to walk/hike, swim, dabble with code/computers.


I'm so, so grateful to the pioneers of online bridge:

The Imagination Network (INN)

Matt Clegg - Okbridge (OKB)

Fred Gitelman - Bridge Base Online (BBO)

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
After the 1st two sessions of the 1st Internet W.C., our team was down (to the very strong Russion national team). Our captain, Marty Seligman, told our teammates: "we have to play the Californians sometime." We had a nearly flawless set and emerged with a lead the team never relinquished. Several years later I had a bridge question, and wanted the best possible answer. I took a chance and emailed Paul Soloway. I started the email with something like: "You probably don't remember me, but...". Paul responded with words that are with me forever: "I ALWAYS remember those who covered me".
Bridge Accomplishments
1st Internet W.C. (1999) with my partner Mike Crawford and teammates Eric Rodwell, Marty Seligman. Doug Simson, and the late great Paul Soloway. Invented the Schuler Shift, Schuler Doubles, and others.
Regular Bridge Partners
Hal Hannon. Ex-pards: Mike Crawford, the late Richard Degen.
Favorite Conventions
Schuler Shift, of course!
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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Rebidding a second suit after Jacoby 2NT
As an aside (again), consider playing Baseball rebids after J2N: 3 = BAd (hand), Singleton (BASeball) 3 = BALanced (no singleton) baseBALll 3-3N = Good hand, singleton. After 3 - 3D (relay for the singleton), or to show the Good singletons, use substitution to show a singleton in the other ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
Of course, this was in the context of a Big Club, so only a 1 opener. Good ideas are contagious!
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
As an aside, when Mike Crawford and I were designing our TOSR based system, Mike came up with an XYZ wrinkle that I really liked. X-Y-Z - 2 (puppet to 2), then 2N is another puppet to 3. This was our route to: 1. signing off in s ...
BIT - Logical Alternatives Poll
I don't understand the use of the word "demonstrably". How can you prove or demonstrate that any action might be suggested or discouraged by a BIT?
Andreas Babsch's bidding problem: Q65 J764 9 AT954
4 is probably a save...
Brad Theurer's bidding problem: JT972 A KQ52 KQ5
Partner's pass plus the Vul makes this an easier problem.
Tracy Brines's bidding problem: A5 A 87654 JT854
2, then decide what to do on the next round (it's VERY unlikely that 2 will end the auction).
Jim Perkins's bidding problem: K9 AQ54 J2 Q9732
I'd be less inclined to open 1N if my major was s. Besides, I have a 5 card suit to run to, which may be important at this vulnerability :) The downside is that I have a max. The Q in partner's hand might be enough for him to ...
David Boxley's bidding problem: A5 AQT72 T75 A92
I'd love to right side NT, but it's not clear yet which side is the "right" side. Qxx/KJx are the worst black suit holdings opposite if I declare, most other holdings don't matter or there's an advantage to me declaring (like JTx/KT9).
David Boxley's bidding problem: A5 AQT72 T75 A92
As did I - my vote was for 2. BTW, I don't read the comments before I vote. Sometimes the comments make me wish I had voted differently though.

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