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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player

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
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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Strong Club System With Reasonable MP Utility
4cM are best in a strong club context, because the big weakness of big club is the amorphous 1 opening bid. By playing 4cMs, you get to eliminate a bunch of awkward shapes from both 1 and 2 - neither will ever hold a 4-card major. As an ...
I would always answer "asks me to further describe my hand" in either case, regardless of whether partner had correctly alerted or not. That is what they need to know, not what my next bid is going to mean (from ME no less!)
Strong Club System With Reasonable MP Utility
Disambiguating your canape out of comp is fairly trivial. I use a full relay with one partner and a more simple scheme with another, here is the simple one: 1M - 2 = GF, art in response: 2D = all 4432 hands 2M = all hands with 5+ in the major 2NT = 4333 ...
Plus, that answer is accurate for both conventions... and is not misinformation.
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: KQT854 95 QJ4 J9
Exactly why I bid 4... I do NOT want to set up a force.
Floyd McWilliams's bidding problem: A6 3 AKQ98643 72
5 is the best chance to hear a return cuebid of 6. If partner lacks the club ace, his hearts are a very likely solid anyways.
Which bids do you NOT agree?
@Weishu, bridge doesn't come with guarantees... but given that partner is going to normally be passing the double, it ought to deliver more defense than this hand provides. I'm aware that 4 is down two on the deal, but that is with this hand taking ZERO tricks ...
Which bids do you NOT agree?
Interestingly, 5 might only be -1. A lead, ruffed, AKQ and another club. South is on lead and must lead a red suit... say a heart... you pick up that suit and now have transportation for: 1 spade 1 spade ruff 4 hearts 1 diamond and 3 clubs. 10 ...
Which bids do you NOT agree?
As you can see, it is something about which people might disagree. 4NT committed the partnership to 5 opposite the reds. I don't see slipping out to 5 on the off chance opener has a 7-bagger at the risk of a misunderstanding.
Which bids do you NOT agree?
Partner asked you to bid your preference between the minors. So yeah, passing is saying "NO PREFERENCE" So I call resulting on this - the West hand has a very strong preference for clubs over diamonds. If you pass, partner is allowed to assume 3-3 in the minors and pick diamonds.

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