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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
a minute ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
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
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Infernal Machine Light
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: 3 864 KT98 KJT64
Had you had a way to show both suits directly, you'd've jumped to 4 last round and left the final decision to partner. Another Michaels loss.
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: AQJT983 87 9 QT3
We hold the A, making 3NT playable.
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: A5 JT6542 KJ5 93
We probably need to use transfers here, if only to give us something as a cuebid (3.) But without such an agreement, 3 is natural, and therefore clear.
What's the correct ruling?
Yes, we can indeed forsee when they will not be in effect. Fall.
Claiming with a trump out
Did declarer have a reason to stop playing trumps or could he have safely drawn all earlier? Did he claim immediately after it was learned trumps were breaking? Yes, people forget sometimes, but the play often makes it clear whether or not that was the case.
Claiming with a trump out
There is typically evidence from the play as to whether declarer was aware of an outstanding trump.
BIT - Who is right?
opps go +200 instead of their cold game. Get 55%. Welcome to club duplicate.
Bidding after a preempt
The rule I've used it if partner opens a major, 4NT is key card. If partner opens a minor, 4NT is Lebensohl.
Ever used Grand Slam Force?
I've had partner respond GSF to 5NT pick one. That didn't work out so well.
Weak two openers rebids
You can always play transfer advances at the risk of a wrongsiding. Especially if your preempts are frisky.

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