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John Schuler
John Schuler
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Basic Information

Member Since
July 24, 2017
Last Seen
May 25, 2018
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

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

Legally blind sine '91 - I need undo's!

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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ACBL Ranking
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Bob Okker's lead problem: J85 T3 942 T9872
Sometimes it's right to lead low from Tx, but I don't want to be (stuck) on lead with only minor suit cards left.
Jenish Shah's lead problem: T532 QT4 K53 532
Partner didn't double 4 because he thought HE was going to be on lead (against a contract).
Stéphane Turcotte's bidding problem: Axx AKJx AJx AKJ
I'm not giving the opening leader one more inference, be it strong trumps or a lead directing Double presence/absence. If partner's inviting then I'm accepting.
Jenish Shah's lead problem: T532 QT4 K53 532
I would be surprised if dummy DIDN'T hold the A and my partner the K.
Floyd McWilliams's bidding problem: A KQ52 Q32 K9432
That singleton A has limited partner's penalty Pass of our Takeout Double to a smaller subset of hands, reducing the effectiveness of Double. I think Double would be a easier call with x KQ52 AQ2 K9432 or x KQ52 Q32 AK943. P.S. This deal is a good example ...
Soumya Das's bidding problem: xx AKJxxxx x KQx
If partner can't move over 4, I'm done. I would have bid 4 at my 3rd turn, not 4.
David Corn's bidding problem: JT4 6 J952 KQJ74
I wanted to bid 1, even though I'm a 3 bidder. P.S. Does "Abstain" mean it's an impossible problem, or "I've never played 2/1 w inverted minors, and never would"?
Eric Sieg's bidding problem: AQT53 J82 KQ AJ3
Requiring game forcing values for partner's Double seems too restrictive. Should partner be forced to Pass with Kxxx x JTxx Kxxx? And if this hand is a "GF", take the honors away. Partner must be able to act with moderate values and most importantly, shortness. I'm ...
Tracey Bauer's bidding problem: JTxx x Jxxxx xxx
You are right Serge - that's the downside of 2 (then 2). I would argue that you're better placed after 2 - 2 - 2 than 2 - 3.
John Diamond's lead problem: QT8652 Q86 KT9 7
I'm nominating this lead problem for the Hall of Fame - votes for TWELVE cards!

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