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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
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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David Sackett's bidding problem: 2 A8643 AKT763 A
Don't get me wrong, I voted for 2 and will bid 5 when necessary, but if we broken up our 2-suiters so that I could have shown hearts and diamonds directly, I could just double 4 if they bid it and let partner judge.
David Sackett's bidding problem: 2 A8643 AKT763 A
Underscoring how foolish it is to use a bid to show the other major and an unknown minor.
Floyd McWilliams's bidding problem: Q5 QT73 KQT98 K8
No one bid over 2. 3 can't be non-invitational, or else you are just voluntarily turning 110's into -50.
Calling All Legal Beagles
I've certainly said, "Check again." before. In one of the money challenges, either Naturalists v. Scientists or the Burgay NT challenge, Hamman and Wolf were defending a hand. One of them showed out impossibly early, but the rules precluded asking if they were out. The other repeatedly asked to ...
Settle A Bet
You also must consider how often 3 goes down opposite the mins.
Phil Clayton's bidding problem: T4 AQJ QJ5 AK853
I've seen plenty of partners who would take 4NT as diamond key right now. The one auction I think no one would think as RKC would be Pass (P) - DBL - (P); 4NT. Still, I'd not commit higher than 3NT with this collection unless partner does something cool.
Phil Clayton's bidding problem: T4 AQJ QJ5 AK853
Why is it any more clear now? Anyway, I'm leaning closer to 3NT than 4NT.
Phil Clayton's bidding problem: T4 AQJ QJ5 AK853
Since we have no idea what to do, a forcing pass seems fine. We'll probably have to guess again at our next turn, but maybe partner will surprise us. I don't see how pass is worse than 3NT or 4NT, but it might turn out better.
BW 2/1: 100% GF?
Shouldn't this poll have come before the other polls about meanings of rebids in 2/1 auctions? Seriously. Order folks!
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: 84 762 95 KQJ632
Late to the party, but when I take a very-low vote action, I think sometimes a comment is warranted. I don't have a problem with 2, but once partner shows extras via 2, we need to do something positive. 2 seems attractive on the surface, but ...

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