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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
7 hours 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.

 

Country
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
marklbetya
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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Mark/Lance/Cab
Sub-standard American
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Name the lowest card with which you would reply to partner's 1!D opening
I received a response from the ACBL clarifying the rule: "There are some specific lines in the Alert Procedures that talk about 1-level suit responses. They all say that a 1-level (suit) response does not require an alert if it is natural (3-cards minor / 4 cards major) and forcing. None ...
600k boards from Vugraph: lies, damned lies, and statistics
Not only are some of these sacs, the stats seem to include goulashes, which really skew the numbers.
Do you care?
I like when partner says "sorry" just so I don't worry that it was my fault. And I'll happily take a compliment. The only time I won't apologize at the table for a mistake is if my partner didn't notice it, and I don't want ...
Should I have been harsher?
I would think in case 2, knowing partner was barred from the auction is authorized information. So I'm not sure why conventions would still even apply. Perhaps a rules official can explain that to me. It seems to me the responder was just following the intent of the law ...
Should I have been harsher?
David brings up a good point.
Name the lowest card with which you would reply to partner's 1!D opening
Steve, If there is no correlation between how bridge is taught and the rules why do the ACBL rules require a filled out convention card, with options such as "minimum off shape doubles" and light third seat openings? So we should just ignore that and just say "I thought it ...
Name the lowest card with which you would reply to partner's 1!D opening
Peg, I thought this was stated in several ways. While I'm not sure if would help the opps, like with a psych, there are times when an expert pair will be able to sniff out later in the auction when partner might have done this. Perhaps the best option ...
Name the lowest card with which you would reply to partner's 1!D opening
Alexander, your new sample hand is once again one Club away from a normal expectation. I'm not sure why you insist on comparing that to a hand that's a zero count and six points away from an expected minimum. I think the two are very different.
Name the lowest card with which you would reply to partner's 1!D opening
Peg, I think that the current expectation of values for a response is close to 5HCP. So as the laws are currently written, I do think if you have an agreement that your partnership will respond with zero HCP, this should be alerted. I'm not against education. But I ...
Name the lowest card with which you would reply to partner's 1!D opening
I suggest you only alert that it is a standard psyching situation if your partner regularly does so and you have information the opponents do not. So in your second example, why would you alert something that you have no known reason to expect? I see a difference between a ...
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