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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
7 hours 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
Team Trials - best playing conditions ever
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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Katherine Todd's bidding problem: A9542 T3 --- AJT872
When I was a wee little player, my Uncle yelled at my Grandfather who opened 1 with 5-5 in the blacks, saying, "The suit order is Clubs - Diamonds - Hearts - Spades - Clubs." Of course, he was wrong, but with clubs and spades it is easy and convenient to open longer ...
Katherine Todd's bidding problem: A9542 T3 --- AJT872
Not a fan of bidding suits out of length order. Would open 1.
handling interference over our 1NT opening
There are two pairs of things going on: If 2NT would be natural, then North should bid 3 over 3 to show both suits. If 2NT is scrambling, then 3 shows 5+ clubs and North should either pass or bid 3, but NOT 3 (which ...
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
Fortunately, the convention chart is only like 5 sheets of paper, so it wouldn't hurt too much. Although the possibility of a paper cut is live.
Maybe they hooked the spade in 6 for a push? Not a whole lot of blame here. I don't fancy 1NT on the North cards, so 1 it is. I suppose some folks might make an offshape, low defense negative double with the South hand. I would ...
Bidding recommendations please
What is the difference between North bidding 3 before 4NT and a direct 4NT? Seems to me the direct 4NT over 2 is clearly quantitative (and indicated.) It seems to me the delayed sequence could easily be misconstrued as spade keycard.
Bidding recommendations please
North should hold the 987 of spades for X's, then play the 4-3 fit.
Rate mY Idiocy
One 2-card holding and one 3-card holding: JT and JT8 (otherwise the 8 would have popped up.) The fact that the 8 is relevant is, unfortunately, relevant.
Rate mY Idiocy
Rate mY Idiocy
Although this is absolutely not a restricted choice situation, since you blow to three card holdings as well as two card holdings. So unless you have jedi feelings on the matter, I'd go up after the 9 isn't covered.

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