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Max Schireson
Max Schireson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 8, 2014
Last Seen
9 hours 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. 27th in 2018 Blue Ribbon pairs and a couple other national pairs overalls. 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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2/1: Fast Arrival in NT?
John, Do you have specific continuations agreed? Why does partner do with a good spade raise?
2/1: Fast Arrival in NT?
I debated whether *all* applicable hands would open 1N, but after some thought left it at “most”. The hands that I imagined might at least consider bid this way with would be good 17s with a 5 card spade suit that I was planning to rebid 2N, but when partner ...
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
For what it’s worth, I think “outrageously out of line” is closer to a correct description of Michael’s *comment* than “perhaps just a little inappropriate.” Knowing Michael a bit, I am confident in his positive intentions. I suspect that Kevin likely was also confident that Michael genuinely expected ...
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
Michael R: I like your rule. It is more accurate, but also harder to apply. Unlike the golden rule it is likely to eventually (perhaps now) help Michael with this situation.
Should This NLM Stay in his Lane?
I think that the golden rule won’t help Michael, because he would likely be happy to hear unsolicited advice that is correct/useful. Michael, I agree with the general sentiment that unsolicited advice is usually a bad idea. If you give it the burden is on you to know ...
2/1: Fast Arrival in NT?
My agreement is about a K extra. Yeah most of those hands have some other in this auction, but definitely not a balanced minimum.
Finding low HCP slams using 2/1 trump Asking Bids
Bill, I think you are correctly describing the mechanics of standard 2/1, but not the value and the purpose. The space through the 3 level is primarily used tounderstand how the shapes of the hand mesh, which is a form of exploring for slam. Players who are playing 2 ...
On teaching play of the hand
Yes!!!!! I find that learning to see and think through whole hands is 1. Essential to playing well 2. Incredibly hard to learn as an adult I don't really know how to learn it as an adult - still work in process for me - or how to teach it. For ...
Finding low HCP slams using 2/1 trump Asking Bids
Fwiw the guideline many follow is that with a good trump fit and shortness slam can be possible with two well fitting minimums. This can routinely be be 24 HCP or fewer. Tools like splinter bids, J2NT, and others are designed to help find these slams. I have certainly looked ...
Finding low HCP slams using 2/1 trump Asking Bids
Bill, The way I think about slams is that you need two things: 1. the ability to take 12 tricks 2. the ability to stop them from taking two tricks first I agree that your system does a good job of identifying one risk to item 2 at a low ...

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