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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
54 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
Country
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
shuster
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Shuster/Kaufman
Infernal Machine Light
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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Phil Clayton's bidding problem: --- Axx AKQxxx AKxx
Can make a grand opposite Qxxxx of clubs... Hate to go -790 against 640 or 1390.
How would you rule?
I disagree. Declarer's claim statement tells us that he is aware the Q is a loser. If he has the opportunity to pitch the loser, it would be irrational to pitch a winner instead.
How would you rule?
If you do read the comments carefully, you'll find one person above making your case (me).
How would you rule?
Seems most normal to run the black suits before cashing the A. The least favorable order to run the black suits is the spade first. That is -1.
Frequency of J2NT?
The point is that the convention also occurs when it doesn't come up by eliminating the hand type. Flannery is an infrequent opener. But it effects every single 1 - 1 and 1 - 1N auction. So frequency of occurrence can be challenging to measure.
Properly explaining a transfer accept
In fact, what your partner did merits a player memo. So many players weiseling in these auctions.
Properly explaining a transfer accept
Opponents are weaseling by only asking about some alerted calls. I have zero sympathy for them.
Frequency of J2NT?
Frequency is low. It's also a jump, so there aren't a lot of high frequency meanings you want to assign to it. Flashing an early slam signal is very useful and the convention isn't particularly challenging to learn, so it is popular.
ATB
Something to be said for opening two. I'd not open one here, but the partnership might feel differently. Also, I was trying to be tactful. Perhaps I overachieved.
ATB
When West pulls to 2, East cannot realistically hope for a spade fit better than the heart fit, so 2 is ill-advised. Did the partnership agree that this hand type is a 1 opener?
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