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Max Schireson
Max Schireson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 8, 2014
Last Seen
34 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. Made it to the Blue Ribbons finals. Made the LM pairs finals my first year of eligibility. 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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Max Schireson's bidding problem: --- AQT42 AKJT8 AJ7
Thanks all you have confirmed my dislike of my pass. At imps 4C seems automatic but playing matchpoints I really didn't want to get to 5C, didn't think we needed to get to 6C to score well, and didn't want to play 4N rather than 3 if ...
Placing a whole heap of bidding cards on the table.
I am a grabber but I find that with screens the big piles can sometimes topple when being slid across. Maybe that is the universe's way of telling me to bid a little less?
Max Schireson's bidding problem: T97 82 AQJ843 87
I was not at the table but was reviewing my mentees game. She reported that in this situation the player holding this hand bid 3NT. As it turns out opener had a good hand but opted to pass. This left my mentee on lead without a standout lead and declarer ...
Max Schireson's bidding problem: T97 82 AQJ843 87
More info coming later. If anyone has any other calls they would consider, even if they wouldn't actually make them, please share in the comments.
Dirty Talk
I agree you have the right to ask and shouldn't have to. But still I would avoid asking unless I really needed to know. Why would I need to know? Say dummy has 4 trumps, and showed 4 in the auction, and was the asker. If declarer had 6 ...
Dirty Talk
I will agree with "technical error" not to do so, but I am not sure most players would consider it trivial :) At the table I am not sure I would get it right, and I am arguing with others about whether the spade continuation actually costs a heart trick... Also ...
Dirty Talk
But if there is any chance that declarer will pick up the trump Q with a finesse, isn't it automatic to continue spades? It seems that with two small hearts for example, N would play another spade. When he doesn't, it seems that declarer should play to drop ...
Dirty Talk
I think the diamond switch is very risky. I think if a competent N switches here an alert declarer should play for the heart drop anyway? If that is the case, while the diamond play is safe on the actual layout, with the E hand likely closed it is anything ...
How to play 3NT
This raises another issue: the best play to make looks like it's around 35%. But if you immediately play on hearts, and it loses, you are likely to lose a heart, 5 spades, and probably two diamonds for down 4. If they are in 3N at the other table ...
Ethical or not?
The fact that a championship is on the line doesn't excuse bad behavior. It's a bit like robbing a bank for $50 million and saying "I wouldn't normally rob banks but they had soooo much money that day." Eric, that's just wrong, championship or not.

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