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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
12 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Mark and Markell
Standard American
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Sub-standard American
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Experiment for master thesis
I was randomly selected as a sponsor, and it seems to me the answers for that option are pretty cut and dried. Maybe I'd be surprised at the results. Hopefully the other "jobs" have tougher choices.
A ruling conundrum
Yu - BINGO. The point is that when you ave been presented an argument with which you can't argue, sarcasm is a good fallback.
A ruling conundrum
deleted. Wrongly placed.
Mark Raphaelson's bidding problem: T75 KT5 AK63 852
Why would partner pull 1NT to 2c in matchpoints if he thought 1N would make?
Mark Raphaelson's bidding problem: T75 KT5 AK63 852
That sounds like an argument for 3c rather than pass. Are you going to bid once 2H comes back around to you?
A ruling conundrum
Doesn't the practice of only asking when you have a reason give UI to partner. You will always be close to a bid or a double. So is partner barred from taking marginal actions if you've decided on this particular hand to ask what the alert was? Isn ...
Alert question
While having 3 might not be "highly unusual and unexpected" the impossibility of having 4 might be. For example, if my partner and I play that a 1 opening has to be exactly 5-2-3-3 shape, would that not be alertable? That shape is certainly not "unusual and unexpected" for ...
A ruling conundrum
I feel your pain. I wish you could call the director and say, "I was going to double, but don't want to if the only action I can legally take is to pass. Tell me now what my legal options are, and I'll choose from them." I think ...
A ruling conundrum
I'm sorry, Kit, but I would think the pause would have to begin after he knows what the bid means. What is the point of a pause otherwise? You can't be pausing to think until you know what you have to think about. I think scenarios 2 and ...

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