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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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Opening 1 NT point range on convention card
As is disclosing your agreements.
Why Abstain?
Thanks Steve, that was a pretty exhaustive list of reasons I abstain as well. One other I do though: It's an opening lead problem, so I'm not going to go through the lengthy process involved there.
2-Under Transfers in a Strong Club System
WRT #3, after a 1NT response, whatever the meaning, 2 can continue relay and higher responses can transfer captaincy (any hand that suspects 3NT is the end contract and fits in your captaincy transfers - for us that means either both majors or neither, although you can fit in balanced ...
2-Under Transfers in a Strong Club System
In my experience, designing the whole system to try to right-side is a mistake. In addition to making everything harder to remember, we don't know what suit is trump and which side is correct is variable. If one hand is showing, then that hand should generally not declare if ...
2-Under Transfers in a Strong Club System
He is starting his positives at 1, so that just implies 1-over positives: 1 = 1NT = 2 = Bal 2 = 2 = At that point you are in pretty good shape to just follow up with symmetric relay; you'll generally have a control ...
Active Ethics in the 0-2500 KO
I actually gave the kids a card-holding lesson I learned from Billy Miller. I held the cards exactly vertical and moved them slowly toward the middle of the table. They couldn't see my hand until it got to the center. I did the same thing with my cards tilted ...
[ACBL] Open Chart Allows These Bids?
I agree with all this, but am confused as to why you think the 1 opening showing an unknown major is disallowed. Let's say you chose to play 1 as all hands with at least one 4+ card minor suit and no 4-card major and 1 ...
"You got it wrong."
Also, you had two straight flushes and a pair, although a weaker setting (in Chinese Poker) than SF, Flush, 777.
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: T AQ842 62 A9852
If only there was a convention to handle this sort of thing at the 2-level instead of the 3-level.
Would you bid again here?
Why shouldn't 4 show a diamond 1-suiter with the heart void? 4 is cheaper with clubs; whether it shows 5 is the issue I suppose. I'd imagine a typical 4 call as 3=0=7=3 though.

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