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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
31 minutes 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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The Ace of spades is missing
Declarer finessed the Q? That is unnecessary. After drawing trump and eliminating the clubs and a diamond to the K and another to the Q, East is endplayed.
Style Poll
Pretty much this. You don't pre-compete to three SPADES, since you can always bid that later. So 3 must have some forwardgoing message.
François "Dellache"'s bidding problem: A K8642 QT43 AJ5
Why didn't I continue the relay with 2NT? Even if not a relay, I would have welcomed a second natural bid for partner in favor of introducing the moth-eaten heart suit.
Doubles by opener after responder has bid.
Support doubles at the 3-level (showing extra strength) have a lot to recommend them and I've seen more than a few top-notch pairs using that treatment.
Ulf Nilsson's bidding problem: A3 AJT J64 AK864
A good advertisement for power doubles.
Is style disclosable?
"Does your partner frequently attack his weak suit when declaring NT?" "Does your partner know his suit combinations?" I don't think I want to hear this... I do think that opening lead agreements must be disclosed, and pairs that frequently underlead aces against suit contracts should indicate that directly ...
Is style disclosable?
I think there is a difference between card-play style and bidding style. Card play can't be an alert.
ATB - Failure to take control or Failure to bid his hand.
Kit, do you agree with 5??
ATB - Failure to take control or Failure to bid his hand.
If West had that, presumably he'd have been able to key card earlier (despite my comment below about a limited hand taking control) because he knows the hand belongs in 6 or 7 and he can find out all the information via RKC.
ATB - Failure to take control or Failure to bid his hand.
It would be poor form to push to seven and go down only to find the other table in game. And are you sure you'll know exactly when to get to seven? I'd not be certain a 6m cuebid guarantees the Q.

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