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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
Infernal Machine Light
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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Were NS damaged because of misinformation?
The definition of double for me varies, but I do play doubles of artificial raises as takeout of the suit in my most regular partnership. We are told for this partnership it would show "clubs and a desire to compete somewhere" So the auction might continue: DBL - (Pass) - Pass - (3 ...
Were NS damaged because of misinformation?
We assume South received MI in the absence of a clear agreement. It is clear that South might have doubled given a proper explanation. We can project the following probably auction: 1 - 1 - 3 - DBL Pass - 3 - 4 - ?? South might bid 4 there but ...
Robb Gordon's bidding problem: A Q93 643 AK9763
Pass with reservations. 3NT is pretty good opposite: Kxxxx Axxx xx Qx, as diamonds rate to break... although perhaps clubs won't.
Floyd McWilliams's bidding problem: QT9862 32 53 A74
Since the 2NT bid is frequently done as a bluff or semi-bluff, bidding 3 is just going to goad partner into doubling their eventual cold contract too often.
Offsite polling
I think BW could implement an "urgent poll" function - where a poll is generated and given priority on everyones feed for 60 minutes. I'd add that the poll not show up after that to prevent abuse (or need to be a pre-approved director only to use such a poll)
Missed (Grand) Slam
Why 6NT after: 2 - 2; 2NT - 4NT; ?? In that auction East should bid 5 on the way.
Missed (Grand) Slam
2 shows 5+ including 2/3 top honors (BWS stated agreement.) 3 shows 4+ diamonds. That is already 13 tricks on 3-2 diamonds.
Missed (Grand) Slam
You like East's 3NT call when he can count 13 tricks in diamonds? I don't.
A new type of regionals
How many ACBL members in ND? This isn't the Senate - the ACBL is under no obligation to give sparsely populated lands tournaments.
Questions for theorists
In the first case, hearts and spades are available at the 2-level... In the second case the opponents have shown game inv or better values. Those are VERY different auctions.

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