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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
4 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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BOD Restructure Vote
I don't disagree with those concerned about getting the expertise on board, but if you reduce the size, it's much easier to then address the quality. To an extreme, if you have a 3 person board, you only have to bring in 2 qualified people to have a ...
Assess the Regional Swiss blame
I don't like the bidding from either side. W bid the same as if he had: xx AQxxx KQxxx x and he had a 4 loser hand. And E bid the same as if he had: KQxxx x xxx Jxxx I'm not sure how you can expect to ...
“Never preempt over a preempt”...what’s the intuition? (If you agree)
Because that would be a post-empt, which isn't in the bridge encyclopedia.
Change of Heart
If opener could easily be 11-15, why would he assume partner is playing him for 13-15 if he responds 2NT? What does responder do with 4 clubs rather than 4 diamonds when he can't bid 2?
Loser on loser not covered in The Rodwell Files?
And why is there no recipe for Matzo ball soup in that book while we're at it?!
How should the director rule
I think we need to see what's hand to determine what he would do if there were no alerts and he had to treat east's heart bids as natural.
What's in a Name?
Agreed, but I think of this as a brainstorming session, where a theoretically bad idea can spark something, or an improvement in someone else. Which I think has happened. I think a couple of these ideas have evolved into something pretty good.
What's in a Name?
I like it too. I also like the added meanings of "Passing on Bridge? Think Twice!"
What's in a Name?
Funny names and bridge puns aren't going to attract anyone. The problem is they think they know what bridge is and that it's for old people. Whatever the name is, it has to be something that speaks to that. Or a challenge. Something that can pique interest. MINDCRAFT ...
Where did we go wrong?
Move a couple of cards between the North and South hands, and the now obvious heart lead gives you a top. Congratulate partner for a thoughtful auction and move on.

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