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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
5 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.


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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Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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Another 3NT - plan the play
Deleted. Had a blind spot.
Another 3NT - plan the play
I thought about that, but after N shows out at trick 1, doesn't S know a club continuation is deadly? How is it safe?
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Mike, please tell me you aren't trying to win this "case" with the 2014-2015 CoC when 2/3 of the participants said they couldn't find the valid ones at the playing site.
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
There seems to be a lot of debate as to the interpretation of the CoC. And I thought there was a problem finding a copy of the one that was actually active on the website at the time of the event. I am currently unwilling to concede that the CoC ...
What does this bid mean/ show?
What hand would ever bid 2NT as natural opposite a passed hand? I thought 1N would show what was probably going to be a 2NT rebid if partner bid. Every other range would have opened some level of NT (or 2 followed by 2NT). The first two options aren ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
"Thank you for the information regarding the scale used, but it shouldn't matter, as we shouldn't be using Victory Points for this event anyway. If one team won both of their matches, please send them as the event winner to the ACBL."
BW Censorship
"I guess I am in minority but I don't see point going back in time to find cheaters, how does this help bridge today?" 1) It might deter someone who realizes that even if they get away with it now, it could be discovered down the road and have ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
"Using repetition to try to create truth is an all too common strategy nowadays,..." "Not that anyone's mind will be changed, this has been cited and ignored before." Anyone else note the irony here? Even IF everything about the way D22 ran this event was technically allowed, it was ...
Slam or Grand?
Sorry, missed the stiff H.
Slam or Grand?
At MP's, isn't this a question 6N or 7S? Will 6 make when 6N won't? Not very often. Opener may have KQxxxx, xxx, xx, Ax, which is about the only case I can see, and that's only if the DQ is offside.

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