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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
9 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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Mark and Markell
Standard American
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Sub-standard American
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Opinion on a director's ruling.
I don't want to be unduly harsh because they are foreign, but at the same time, how can we expect people to take rules seriously if they are selectively enforced? So a US pair that's been playing 1 year, but has the ability to compete in a national ...
Philly Slam Poll 1 of 3: ATB missed 6!S
I unapologetically open this sort of hand 2. With as little as xxx,jxx,xxx,xxxx thre's a (albeit slim) chance for game. I can't thread that needle. Second choice 2NT. At least after that and a super-accept of a spade transfer, it's South's fault ...
Philly Slam Poll 2 of 3: ATB missed 6!D
I have a tough time blaming N much. Even if 2 is GF and 4 is looking for slam, does N really have much more to show? He's got a stiff heart, but he's pretty much shown that by bidding out his shape, no? With most ...
Opinion on a director's ruling.
But Kit, West may have thought it was Michaels, but by not alerting 2 as natural, how is E allowed to bid anything but support hearts for the rest of the auction? After all, he has to play this out now as thinking partner's heart bid is natural ...
I don‘t understand Drury
Yes, I can't ever recall a time I was happy to see this bid in response to a 3rd seat opener. I would have 1NT be the maximum allowable point range topping off at whatever hand you wouldn't have opened with.
Opinion on a director's ruling.
"The Director asked other Directors if two clubs is alertable and they said it was." Because the OP, who was there, told us so. He found out, obviously, but how does he not know this?
ACBL Inaction Regarding Attracting Younger Members
Maybe we need to discuss goals. Can the ACBL survive by perennially recruiting retirees rather than younger members. Perhaps. The median age will pretty much stay where it has been for some time: old. Players will die off and "young" seniors will join. This would require constant replenishing of membership ...
Opinion on a director's ruling.
I'm very surprised (maybe I shouldn't be?) that a director at Nationals doesn't know a direct, natural cue bid is alertable. Also, is it possible that East was woken up by West's failure to alert? No way to know, as these were foreign players, but I ...
Opinion on a director's ruling.
I feel like we're missing information. The 2 bid makes it look like he expected 2 to be Michaels as well. When 4C got passed out were there any questions? I think we'd also need to know about the defense in order to determine if NS ...
Flannery Alert and then . . .
It's from Flannery's book on the topic.

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