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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours 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
Team Trials - best playing conditions ever
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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1z rebid by opener after 1y response by passed hand.
JTxx of spades and an outside control is a fitted submin, easily enough to continue over a strong jump shift, even if played as not completely forcing. Give me xxx xxxxxx x xxx and I'll pass 2 and hope for the best.
Jacob Freeman's bidding problem: x --- QT9xxx AKQJxx
K isn't an option on this type of poll
Jacob Freeman's bidding problem: xxx Axx ATxx Axx
Perhaps, but there is a class of hands where we belong in the weaker fit (Vondracek hands) For example: AKxxx (xxx) KQJxx. If they lead the wrong red suit, then we belong in spades. and AKxxx (Kxx) KQxxx, we can only sometimes handle 4-1 spades with clubs trump, but can ...
Anthony Pettengell's bidding problem: AJT9653 QT3 J K9
Our spade length and medium strength hand make it probable that we can buy it in 2. We should only go higher than that if we thing we're favorites to make.
Jacob Freeman's bidding problem: xxx Axx ATxx Axx
2 aces and 2 queens though... Or maybe the J in addition. Not that I know the hand or anything (I didn't know the hand when I wrote my initial comment)
Jacob Freeman's bidding problem: xxx Axx ATxx Axx
When a decision is close; look for spots and useful jacks. This hand has neither black Jack nor ten. An otherwise excellent slam (with spots) might become just a decent one because we can't handle bad breaks. And Slam might not be good at all if partner needed us ...
Seeking Technical Co-Founder for HOOL
Also, when it is clear the other side is going to win the contract, you should stick in 1-bids to help direct the defense or clarify important information.
Seeking Technical Co-Founder for HOOL
After playing a bunch of hands of Hool with the wife and kids (who do not play bridge) we started moving in a bridge-like direction with agreements about what showing specific distributional information means, which is a step toward understanding bidding. I told them 1) with a bad hand (fewer ...
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
A psyche must be a gross distortion. 1 HCP and 1 Card is not a gross distortion.
ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
@Jeff, I saw the hand and thought, "It is completely obvious this was meant as a natural bid by the bidder, an attempt to arrive at a making 3NT."

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