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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
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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I'd pass 2 with the East hand. Partner passed over 1 and you are balanced with a seemingly poorly placed K. Looks like you're going minus if you declare. But when 2 comes to West, he'll balance with 3 and now East knows ...
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: AKQT875 --- AKJ985 ---
Upon reflection, I think this is the best plan. The 2 plans all are going to run afoul of a natural 4NT too often. For example: 2 - 2; 2/3 - NT 2 - 2; 3 - 3NT Or even 2 - 2 2 ...
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: AKQT875 --- AKJ985 ---
Keycard isn't always played that way. In fact, on this hand if your spades and diamonds were reversed, you might want to bid keycard in spades and sign off in 6 if the spade Q is missing.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: xx x Axxx Qxxxxx
You could always play Baze. That is where after an inverted minor raise, 3 says "I want to bid 3NT. Can I make it?" over which, 3 transfers to 3NT and 4m says "No." As a matter of frequency, 0-5 is very rare. A range of around 5-9 ...
Ivey (Appellant) v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords (Respondents)
@David, my 1% edge came from sitting in my chair, being very observant, and playing optimal strategy. I left the game when I realized the cards were marked.
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: AKQT875 --- AKJ985 ---
You guys are so cute. You need to set diamonds as trump for key card to find out about what you need. You might even find out partner is short in diamonds that way. But 2 - 2; 3 is my start.
How to bid after (1NT)-X-(any escape methods)-?
If they Pass, forcing a redouble, then system on. If they pass, NF, then system off. If they bid, then natural + Leb 2NT.
Well, had South bid SEVEN over five, we could blame North based on that. But South Passed.
Ivey (Appellant) v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords (Respondents)
@ David, I actually had that happen to me: I was playing an advantage game with other advantage players. Our edge was about 1%. One of the other players decided that wasn't enough and marked the cards... he doesn't say he is doing so, but I notice it. The ...
Full Disclosure ?
Yu, the limited nature of the opening bid likely makes balancing MORE dangerous. The passing Advancer is much more likely to be heavy when opener is limited. For example, after a limited 1 opener, you might pass with QJxx x QJxx QJxx when opener is limited to 14 or ...

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