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Max Schireson
Max Schireson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 8, 2014
Last Seen
Feb. 14
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Trying hard to learn to play bridge well. Stubbornly believe that is possible despite learning in my 40's.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
The first 105 boards of the 2018 USBC round of 16, where we played ROSENTHAL to a draw. (The match was 120 boards, the last 15 were less successful).
Bridge Accomplishments
Won 9 of 17 matches to finish 10th in the 2018 USBC RR. 27th in 2018 Blue Ribbon pairs and a couple other national pairs overalls. Won 2017 GNT-C Nationals (is winning a limited event really a bridge accomplishment? Dunno...)
Regular Bridge Partners
Debbie Rosenberg, Cadir Lee, Lynn Shannon, Sarah Youngquist
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
Olivia / Miranda JUSBC
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Max and Lynn
2/1 (major suit rebid usually 6), Walsh style
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What is a ‘convention’?
Ok no takers so here goes... We all know that a double might conventionally as for a specific or unusual lead if we are not on lead. Ever been on lead with the A of trump and 32 in a side suit, wishing that partner could know to duck his ...
What is a ‘convention’?
Having slept on it I realize that a double of 7NT by the player on lead need not always be penalty! Do you see how it could have another meaning? Same for almost any final pass... Edit: typo
What is a ‘convention’?
Yes. I believe there is exactly one other situation where there is only one logical meaning of a call. There are many more calls that might have one clearly best meaning, but other uses are not totally nullo.
What are opponents entitled to
John Thank you. Unfortunately is not often that a bridgewinners post changes someone’s thinking, but this really helped me to understand these issues differently. In an idealized world we would just give our opponents a complete and correct set of system notes, which they would read and know perfectly ...
What is a ‘convention’?
I should say that more broadly any double of 7Nt when you are on lead must be penalty, not just the situation you describe.
What is a ‘convention’?
That’s one. There is one other indisputably natural call...
What is a ‘convention’?
I was thinking about what doubles are purely natural and could never have another meaning based on context/agreement. I could find none. Offhand I could find only one situation where I think every bridge player everywhere could agree based purely on the scoring what a certain call meant, then ...
What are opponents entitled to
I am not a believer that “pretend there are screens - what would happen” is the right way to solve all UI issues, but nevertheless think it is a relevant comparison and notable when there is a significant discrepancy that advantages the side with UI relative to how things would work ...
What are opponents entitled to
I guess I should have said “the side that would have been the offending side with screens is saved from part of their offense and might occasionally obtain a better result by their legally condoned use of unauthorized information.”
What are opponents entitled to
Thanks that makes sense. I think it might be too perverse - even for me, unsympathetic as I tend to be to the offenders - to consider giving the correct explanations a violation of a players obligation to carefully avoid benefiting from UI under 73C1. It seems the offending side may occasionally ...

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