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Max Schireson
Max Schireson
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Member Since
Dec. 8, 2014
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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 forcing NT
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Youngest Life Master
Congrats to Andrew, and to all his partners, teammates, and mentors. It’s great to see so many kids playing, learning, having fun, and making mincemeat of their adult opponents! Edit: removed erroneous data.
Becoming good at counting cards?
I am not an expert but I have been working hard for about 5 years. My opinions, which might be controversial: 1. Just practicing remembering things with drills won’t work. Unless you are highly highly unusual, you don’t have nearly enough working memory to keep track of everything ...
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
I agree that it is an awkward hand to explore slam. While I judge that you could just sign off, I understand the desire to explore, and I understand why someone might judge to just keycard because there isn’t a good way to explore. Nevertheless I think it’s ...
Let the cards speak, not the time it takes to play them!
I aim to signal without thinking and often fail. Sometimes I fail by thinking, sometimes by playing the wrong card. Probably my most common “wrong card” is eg a 7 intended as high from 972 because I am not sure without thinking that I can afford the 9, when in ...
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
IMO the most important lessons may be embedded in the way the answers are structured 1. That there choices besides driving to slam given enough controls (which is what 4N is) and signing off. 2. That you can’t really “sign off” in 5S opposite a partner who has shown ...
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
No partner should bid on. Your only way to sign off (it say a substitute player started the auction for you and you have returned from the restroom to discover they have a much wider view of a minimum than you and your partner) is to ask for the Q ...
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
Bill a side AKx and an A is very different from AKxxx of trump and an A.
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
Rajeev, I think Henry is suggesting that opener, who has shown a minimum and 3 KC, should show Qs here, since partner should be able to deduce that he doesn’t have any Ks in addition as part of his minimum hand. This is a potentially logical improvisation, but not ...
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
A queen ask is useful here if you think AKxxxx and an A can be a minimum, since with 6 spades opener should show the Q with that hand. If opener fails to show the Q, then you know they are some form of 5332 or 5422. Now I think ...
BBO Disaster
Marion, What I mean is that pairs that have a tendency to mix up agreements like transfers need to disclose that. So if they bid 2D intended as a transfer to H their online self alert should be something like “should be a transfer to H but sometimes we mix ...
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