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Mike Ladd
Mike Ladd
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Member Since
Jan. 27, 2015
Last Seen
July 9
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I began playing duplicate in the late 60s when you mailed in the .05 fractionals each month. In 1975 my first son was born I took a 36 year hiatus from bridge. My wife and I returned in late 2011 and, boy, things were different. Bridgemates and bidding boxes now exist. Even the scoring system had been altered for non-vulnerable doubles. Bidding pretty much needed to be relearned - especially competitive bidding. Even, more significantly, were all the stratifications and events designed for players with a lower number of masterpoints. Living then and now in the Northern Virginia area, I vividly recall games in the early 70 where Kit Woolsey and Steve Robinson were at table1 and before the round was over you would also meet the Kivel's, Cappelletti's, Steve and Peggy Parker, the Gookins, Bobby Lipsitz, Walt Walvick, Henry Bethe and many other stars. Our chances of cashing were only slightly north of zero - but it was fun. My wife and I made life master (500 point style) in 2013 having won multiple Gold Rush events and multiple bracketed swiss events. I passed 1000 points in 2015 and my wife should easily get there in 2016. We are able to attend 6-7 Regionals each year with Raleigh being the furthest away. A couple of club games here can be almost as strong as some Regional Open pairs - we play occasionally in one of them. I thank Kevin O'Brien in introducing me to this site.

Bridge Information

Regular Bridge Partners
Betty Ladd - my wonderful wife since 1968
Favorite Conventions
Specialized Doubles - Rosenkranz, Support, Negative and Maximal.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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DONT vs. Meckwell
One must says what the bid means and not just the name. My answer is both. I say we play Meckwell and then state exactly what the specific bid means. I like hearing the convention name in addition to the meaning of a specific bid. People who know the convention ...
NABC Coronavirus Precautions
It seems there are two possible scenarios by holding the tournament. Scenario #1: Nothing happens. No one gets sick and the tournament runs thru completion albeit with lower attendance figures. How low, who knows. In this case the ABCL has a huge sigh of relief. Scenario #2: During or shortly ...
Why masterpoints are clueless
I have heard a story about Peggy Parker from the early 70s. It seems she and her partner decided to play a club game in which they would try to lose as many trick as possible. This play makes me think about it. Apparently the KQJ9 holder did not have ...
Opener's two-level "reverse" after a 2/1 GF
I voted that neither shows extra value. In my case, it actually isn't really true. We play Flannery so the 1 open followed by a 2 rebid shows a 16+ point hand.
2NT and puppet stayman
With 4 & 5, we transfer to and then bid 3 with 5 & 4, we bid 3 immediately we lose the 3 bid to look for minors but all bids gain some places and lose at others
What accomplishment earned this letter
don't forget the Mid-Flight Pairs which are 0-3000
A new type of regionals
My guess is that for those between 1500 and 750, It is very small. I personally go for the KOs which makes Gatlinburg a "must" tournament. Smaller Regionals do not have enough brackets and they also tend not to have Mid-Flight pairs events either. Heck, the Hawaii Nationals were horrible ...
A new type of regionals
I looked at 2015 Regional Attendance Data (found via an older BW thread). I excluded Gatlinburg from these counts. That year, there were 36 Regionals of more than 1500 tables. Ten were in the two Mid-Atlantic districts (D6 & D7). Five were in Florida (D9). Five in the SW (D17). And ...
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
Attendance thru Saturday 5651.5 Baring a bad day for a large Regional, it appears that 6000 table will be surpassed. Not sure if this is good news or bad news. It sure isn't profitable news however.
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
I believe Honolulu still has a fighting chance to reach the 6000 table count. Attendance thru Friday: 5142 It is still running a bit more than 33% under the Denver numbers. Denver got 1318 tables in the final two days. Two-thirds of that would give an additional 879 tables and ...

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