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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
Country
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
shuster
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Shuster/Kaufman
Infernal Machine Light
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Shuster / Kolesnik
Standard American with Relay
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Strong Club, Transfer Positives, 1Spade Neg.
Hi Jim, I think you can do better. Still use 1 as negative. Have 1 show spades and 1 show hearts. Clubs are already gathered in, so 2 shows clubs (no major) and 2 shows diamonds no major. You have room for full relay and ...
ATB - missed Red game at IMP Pairs
I can't get over East's 2 call to evaluate the rest of the auction. "Were you waiting for 150 honors to pass?"
Defense against a BSC over 1!C
It's the cuebid, so whatever 1 (1) 2 would mean. Or you can play it as distributional takeout if you want. Although it is almost certainly best to start transfer advances instead. so 1 - (1) - 1* 1 = clubs
Recommend a partnership style
Until they learn fine judgement, they will invite, accept and reject improperly. So they might as well just bid game.
Defense against a BSC over 1!C
If the overcall is 1, use pass to show a 1 call, double for 1 and otherwise system on. If the overcall is higher, I recommend using standard transfer preempt defense - Pass then double is penalty. Double is takeout of the transfer suit. Pass then taking any ...
Bidding after an artificial raise (Bergen)
If the auction had gone 1 - DBL - 2 - ?? "Partner has already made a take-out bid, -- the first double. Why... another?" Well, the whole world uses that second double for takeout, some denying 4, some showing 4. Why is this auction different? They haven't even consumed ...
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: QT AJ QT942 Q854
Oh please. Partner forces the 5-level opposite an unknown hand and you have 4 cover cards... -800 is not in the ballpark. +1370 is though, and one of the bigger upsides to bidding. I can understand pass, but it is more risky. Not only do the opponents have 10 or ...
Weak NT's and Two Way Stayman - using "spare" bids
Having played weak NTs with a 2-way Stayman structure, I find that it is useful to pull out the 1-suited slammish hands from 2-way. The auction: 1NT - 2; 2NT - 3 for example is damn awkward if it can have both KQTxx xx AQx Kxx and AKQTxxx x AQx ...
Would you bid differently??
North's decision is closer than South's, and I think Bob has it right, that many would bid at IMPs, but pass at MPs to protect the plus. North's pass was heavy, but reasonable.
Ulf Nilsson's lead problem: J752 9763 4 A952
Sounds like they are in game on marginal values. Don't blow a trick on the go.
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