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Michael Rosenberg
Michael Rosenberg
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 25, 2010
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Pro
about me

I am a full time professional player, and have been so since 2004 (before that, I was semi-professional). I play in all the Nationals, a few Regionals, and do a little online teaching. My wife Debbie is also a full-time professional. We have a son, Kevin. I have two daughters, Ivana and Jahna, from a previous marriage

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the 1994 Rosenblum
Bridge Accomplishments
Winner of Rosenblum, 1998 Par Contest, 2017 Bermuda Bowl, 2015 D'Orsi Trophy, 2018 World Mixed Teams, 6 US Trials, Spingold(2), Vanderbilt(2), Reisinger(2), Inducted into the Hall of Fame
Regular Bridge Partners
Zia Mahmood, Debbie Rosenberg, Chris Willenken
Favorite Tournaments
World Championship(any), US Trials
Favorite Conventions
KeyCard Blackwood, Transfers, Jacoby 2N
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Brian Zhang's bidding problem: T9632 Q43 K87 98
When it's close, and you have a high honor in partner's, prefer a raise to a pass. You don't want him trying another suit versus 3N.
Trent Neutgens's bidding problem: KT2 Q6 AKQJ3 873
Talking abut downgrading for Qx, while not mentioning upgrading for a great 5-card suit means you are thinking negatively. 10 is also a good value. This hand is closer to accepting an invitation than it is a candidate for downgrade consideration.
Is this 3!d bid game forcing?
Timo: 3 shows doubt for NT. 3 returns spade doubt. This is how you reach 3N with xxx facing xxx - an important situation to resolve. When you have (say)xxx facing Jx and are missing a side ace, you could have combined 27 HCP but no play ...
Is this 3!d bid game forcing?
Those who say it's GF - especially Kit Woolsey - need to explain why it's needed as that when opener bids 4. Opener is limited. Why can't responder - who may have stretched because he had good diamonds - pass 1-1, 3-3, 4 or 1 ...
Brian Zhang's bidding problem: AQ8 Q3 J76 QT653
I think this is a close 3-way action. I'd pass if you add 9. I'd bid 1N if you make 10 a small one.
Is this "Reverse" Forcing?
Kieran: MAYBE if your favorable. Or maybe at matchpoints (though I doubt it). Othyerwise, I 'suspect' that defending 2 when partner might have 4-6-1-Jx very bad hand when we can make a slam - or many hands where we can make game in hearts - will be a big long-term loser ...
Is this "Reverse" Forcing?
Kieran: "Clubs should always be longer." I generally recommend avoiding "always" in bridge. x, AKQx, xxxx, AKQx. Wouldn't you bid 2?
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AQJ9 A62 AJ762 3
" I had a bad hand with a singleton heart and I knew we were in trouble " You didn't actually 'know'. you're only in trouble if doubler is short in hearts. When you and your partner both have 'bad hands', there's a good chance that doubler has 2-3 ...
Kyle Rockoff's bidding problem: AQJ9 AJ762 A63 3
WHY (I need bigger font, bold type and italics) do you have no agreement over the redouble? I've been stressing that every partnership needs an agreement in this area. Without an agreement, you're just guessing. The optimal agreement would have partner's pass be a penalty pass. But ...
6!S : Plan your play
My instinct, before reading Kit's answer , was A, K, !K (pitch heart) Q (pitch heart), ruff, A, . Now: If East has a doubleton club, you are in really good shape -might even make 13 tricks. If clubs are 3-3, you can can likely cross ruff for 12 ...

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