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Michael Shuster
Michael Shuster
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
an hour 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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Kayden Ge's bidding problem: AK4 A52 AKT875 4
There are a couple other solutions: 1) Fill the 18-19 gap: For example, 1NT 15-17, 2D 18-19, 2NT 20... Then your 2NT rebids are freed for strong 3-card raises (and your reverses and J/S strongly tend to not be fake) 2) Code the minors: All 11-14 NTs go to ...
Kayden Ge's bidding problem: AK4 A52 AKT875 4
I'd make that bid (3) if the A was a small diamond. This hand is both stronger and more flexible. I think 2 will do a better job of getting to the right strain.
Raphael Hallerman's bidding problem: K62 --- AKJ86 K6542
But you didn't. You called. One that is likely to end the auction here or get you to 4. Because partner with something like: 4=3=(4=2) will never choose the minor, and with 3=3=(5=2) he'll bid the minor (he will pass), because ...
Kokish (Birthright) after 2C, and effect on second negatives when Kokish not used
You are right, Marshall. There is a lot of scope there. For example, 2NT could puppet 3 (partner usually bids 3, but instead bids his second suit with a 2-suiter, being clubs) Over 3, responder bids 3 with hearts, 3 with spades, 3 ...
What should east-west have done?
Just curious if East would be allowed to double 2. You seemed to have covered everything but the obvious.
Brian Zhang's bidding problem: AQ Q876 AQ A9843
So I suppose I should amend my first comment... this is a great hand for spades and an even better hand for clubs, so 4.
Brian Zhang's bidding problem: AQ Q876 AQ A9843
You should probably discuss the difference between: 3 - 3; 3NT 3 - 3; 3 3 - 3; 3NT 3 For me, the top one is 5-spades, choice of games I would generally play both the second and third sequences as showing club support and ...
Ever picked up AKQJT98765432 (not all in the same suit)
I picked up one of the best first 8 ever. Quads, Dragon, Ace. I call grand Tichu. After the draw and switch, I have two more aces. A top 1% hand. Player on my right says, "I have the wish. Tichu." Lays down a FOURTEEN card straight. If anyone reading ...
Ever picked up AKQJT98765432 (not all in the same suit)
There was one at one of the Caltech / UCLA Pro-Ams we did in the early 90's. Maybe that was one of two? I've held one other than that one.
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Hmm... I tried to publish this into the site feedback forum. Seems it didn't go there.

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