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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
Fall NABC (MPs all the way!)
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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Bergen 4-Diamond bid
4 was 4333 16-18. 4 was the good 4M bid.
Bergen 4-Diamond bid
These raises do not have to be played in a Bergen context. Personally, I loathe Bergen raises and is an auto-refuse when agreeing to methods for me.
Bergen 4-Diamond bid
The disagreement is over semantics. The "super-limit raise is just a hand that evaluates to a limit raise, but would feel sick if partner passed - yet would miss too many slams raising directly to 4M. So usually 5 card support with a singleton, an ace and something more. Could be ...
ATB - non-making game instead of diamond slam
If you're going to double, you have to follow it up with a diamond bid. Partner's jump to 4 doesn't make the hand worse. I can live with double, but it wouldn't be my choice. I can live with 4, but would prefer 3 ...
Online Master Points - ACBL Success?
Make sure to award the MPs to the bots, too. It will remain a joke until the bots are out of the equation.
Avon Wilsmore's lead problem: T85 96 9762 Q983
It is relevant to know whether partner's double would ask for a club lead or a different lead. I lead a club on the basis that I'm assuming we have a sensible agreement that double would ask for a heart lead.
AKJTxx, Jx QJ9x, A .... 3!C doubled
What 3rd diamond trick? In most cases, declarer has only two diamonds.
After 1!C (P) 1!H (P) 1NT (P), under what conditions should you bid 2!H with a five-card heart suit?
If the suit can play opposite a singleton.
Insufficient Bid
"Tends to show" is different from guarantees. It means that advancer is to assume 4-4 in the majors. If doubler is not 4-4, they can clarify at their next opportunity. 1 will always deliver 4+. DBL merely implies 4. IMHO, it is not comparable. YMMV.
Don't forget that DBL could also turn 4 -1 into 4X making by giving declarer a roadmap.

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