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Max Schireson
Max Schireson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 8, 2014
Last Seen
33 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Trying hard to learn to play bridge well. Stubbornly believe that is possible despite learning in my 40's.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
The first 105 boards of the 2018 USBC round of 16, where we played ROSENTHAL to a draw. (The match was 120 boards, the last 15 were less successful).
Bridge Accomplishments
Won 9 of 17 matches to finish 10th in the 2018 USBC RR. 27th in 2018 Blue Ribbon pairs and a couple other national pairs overalls. Won 2017 GNT-C Nationals (is winning a limited event really a bridge accomplishment? Dunno...)
Regular Bridge Partners
Debbie Rosenberg, Cadir Lee, Lynn Shannon, Sarah Youngquist
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
Olivia / Miranda JUSBC
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Max and Lynn
2/1 (major suit rebid usually 6), Walsh style
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15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
Randy, I haven’t personally seen one but it has a name: briar patch coup. It requires one partner to be ethical and the other to cheat so in any given partnership they won’t happen much more than once, hence they should be rare.
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
Randy Law 73A2 says that you should act without undue hesitation. If you have a hand where you are desperately hoping partner doesn’t bid then presumably you are not thinking of acting yourself. If you have no bridge reason to be thinking and think for 20 or 30 seconds ...
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
Rich, You need to pause over 5S for about 10 seconds. If your pause is much longer than that with a hand where you want to be sure partner doesn’t compete to 5H, you are cheating. Not only should you lose a ruling, you should be subject to disciplinary ...
15 seconds to the Bermuda Bowl
Marty, I understand that people dislike events being decided on rulings but I don’t think electronic playing environments would have solved this issue, or the Blue Ribbons BIT, and I don’t know how to make it better. The platinum pairs BIT could have been solved by clearer rules ...
Cool double dummy problem from Wednesday’s common game
Glad to have found a new one :) For all the times I have gone down thinking about complicated lines that don’t work, at least I have one new squeeze in compensation... The ratio is still quite bad, but at least it’s no longer infinite!
The ACBL and the 15 second rule
Aside from the time penalties? :) Sure, one of my disadvantages when playing against better players is that they can make the same decision faster. I don’t think that’s their only advantage, or their primary advantage. But if they are better than I am at making decisions quickly, they ...
The ACBL and the 15 second rule
Tom, I can’t always bid in tempo. Sometimes I can’t play in tempo either. When I break tempo, I understand that my partner will have to live with the consequences, and there could be a ruling against us. Nobody is assuming cheating when there is a ruling, or ...
The ACBL and the 15 second rule
Tom, Do you think it is fair that players who have trouble remembering their system (whether it is a complex relay system is not) get to think more in difficult situations than players who don’t have trouble remembering their system (perhaps because they elected to play a simpler system ...
Cool double dummy problem from Wednesday’s common game
Yes, it should be clear to keep a club but I was thinking about threatening to establish spades so I first thought of N keeping 3 spades to match dummy... then later so saw the same line also worked when N shortened his spades to keep a club or two ...
Cool double dummy problem from Wednesday’s common game
Sathya, Do you really want me to spoil it for you? Remember declarer has two trumps remaining at that point :)

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