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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
6 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
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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What is 2N here?
For me, an F1 2 promises a rebid. I usually play that the only NF sequence would be 2 followed by 3. It is too much pressure on opener to have to jump any time they hold modest extra values for fear of being dropped.
Answering Sabine's Question
Also, always play the 9. Unless you must.
Anant Rathi's bidding problem: 9762 J2 AK43 A52
Glad you didn't ask what I'd do at IMPs, but at MPs, easy pass.
Is 2!H forcing?
You could avoid all this by playing the direct 2 bid as natural and F1. Or (better) playing transfers over the double.
Construct a hand
While the diamonds interpretation is attractive, I also think it reasonable to be a flawed 3NT bid - that the bidder isn't sure the clubs are coming in - hence the slow route. It says if AKxxxx is six tricks, we make 3NT, otherwise not.
Great Players; Great Books
There should be an option for none, to disambiguate the winners who are unread from those who simply do not qualify.
Floyd McWilliams's bidding problem: AJ732 6 K AKQJT7
Is 2NT Inv+? We use 3 as pass or correct and 2NT INV+ ask for the minor. I suppose in either case we just double here to keep 3NT in play.
Who was more at fault?
N/S failed to find the 22 HCP grand having to start at the 3-level. Next.
Missed Game-YBTJ
You need to go through and play these on a spade lead unless West has a hand that is overwhelmingly telling him to lead something else. Also, allow for six diamonds in North. I think you'll find that on a spade lead, those percentages shift a great deal.
Missed Game-YBTJ
You might be happy if North has zero points, but they lead a spade. Then you have 2+1+5+1 = 9.

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