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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
53 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
psyching 1S vs NZ 2nd seat red in world play. Win 16.
Bridge Accomplishments
2nd O/A 1996 Dallas 2-day Swiss. 3 time USA Junior team member.
Regular Bridge Partners
Sam Dinkin, Alex Kolesnik, Andrew Kaufman
Favorite Tournaments
Fall NABC (MPs all the way!)
Favorite Conventions
Roman Jump overcalls. Direct cuebids showing 2 known suits.
BBO Username
shuster
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Shuster/Kaufman
Infernal Machine Light
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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Floyd McWilliams's bidding problem: JT9 AT982 AJ7 T9
It feels like the opponents could be in a foolish contract. But it could also be cold. The main upside to doubling is to make sure partner doesn't bid an undisciplined 5, but that just isn't worth worrying about.
Some rulings questions
I've had the opponents double our strong forcing 1m opener a bunch of times, and when asked, been told "no agreement" (it is usually majors though.) We deal with this by having set meaning for what our bids mean after the double that don't depend on the double ...
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
You need to alert it. But tell the director to show you where it is prohibited on the chart. On the open chart, ALL responses are OK, except psyching artificial ones.
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
As far as the open chart goes, "Natural" is almost a red herring. They are just flat out allowed, but it would be a rule violation to psyche it if it is artificial.
A specific hcp count - how often?
I use 13-15 with strong club and canape. We open all 10's, but the 1NT opener is an experiment in terror.
A specific hcp count - how often?
13-15 is already a very challenging range. I'd be loathe to broaden it to include 16s.
ATB - Teams knockout match (24 boards)
So this is a class of wins for light limited openings. At my table, where it goes Pass - 4 - ?? to me, I know my partner has 0-7 and can comfortably pass.
ATB - Teams knockout match (24 boards)
Double wasn't hopeless, but leaving it in 4 in the face of a double shows a special kind of feeling for your partner.
Just a neat deal from junior practice
Declarer played for 2-2 spades rather than trying to pitch a club.
What are the ruling principles here?
East responded 1 and the tray came back at 7. That is just going to take a while to unpack. He has a right to a while to try to figure out what the hell is going on.
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