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John Schuler
John Schuler
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 24, 2017
Last Seen
16 hours ago
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!
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Bob Okker's bidding problem: J9762 AQ5 K96 T3
Do you feel lucky...punk? - Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry
Andreas Babsch's bidding problem: AQT976 AKJT A4 K
Assuming that 3 showed more than just the Kxx(x), RKC then ask for the Queen, catering to xxxxx ... Ax. I have to pay off to Kxxxx ... QJ, a lead, and no useful discard on the s after a successful finesse or two.
William Kochneff's bidding problem: 8 AKQ74 AT863 T2
Tough one. Partner has 4 or 5 trumps and some high cards, as LHO didn't bid 3N. Questions for the play: - should I lead a trump (seems unlikely)? - can I afford to set up dummy's s with a 2nd tap? - how many winners do the opponents have ...
Leo Liao's bidding problem: 5 A64 AKJT986 Q2
Diamonds may not be our best trump suit (if there is one). 2 leaves room for a 3 rebid from partner; besides I play 3 as AKQJxx or better.
Eric Leong's bidding problem: Q976 QJ86 9 AJ43
I have way too much stuff for partner's 2 call to be much more than lead directing. LHO might count on 6 tricks from his partner and try 3N. THAT I will double.
Mikael Rimstedt's bidding problem: AQ6 Q7642 A AK76
Martin, your example hand is exactly why I bid 4. IMO partner will bid 6 with either the AK or the K and a high trump honor.
Gabriel Fractman's bidding problem: Txxx JT98x K Txx
Good problem, Gabriel.
Marten La Haye's bidding problem: AQT84 QJ84 --- AK32
Big upside, but there is a downside.
Merijn Groenenboom's bidding problem: 2 AQJT2 7632 732
I just hope they double me when they've got me (in 4).
Mikael Rimstedt's bidding problem: AQ6 Q7642 A AK76
"bid slam only if partner has both": this doesn't make sense to me. RKC, Blackwood is a check on whether TWO "Aces" are missing. The K is as valuable as the K, and RKC won't uncover that card.

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