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Mike Ladd
Mike Ladd
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Member Since
Jan. 27, 2015
Last Seen
Nov. 18
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
mikeladd12
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Garbage Stayman or Invitational
Our partnership agreement is (a) with weak 5-4, we transfer to 5 card suit (b) with invitational, we bid our 4 card suit over the 2 response (and yes we may end up at three 3-level in hearts but such is life) (c) with GF, we jump to the ...
Have you discussed this situation?
never discussed this specific auction but, because we play lebensohl, we would play a 2NT bid as lebensohl. I am not sure how we would play a pass but I am 95% sure the final contract would not be 2XX.
San Diego room availability
try this for MABC (D6 & D7) Regionals http://www.districtsix.org/MABC/RegionalAttendance.htm It is from 2002 to 2014 but they quit updating it then so it might not be it be for the period you want
San Diego room availability
Easy last minute booking at Regionals is probably caused by last minute cancellations. This is good for you but it can be very costly to the tournament hosts who may be subject to "lack of rooms actually used" penalties.
San Diego room availability
Based on what I read, this new policy appears to be a success. I wonder how long it will be until it reaches down to some selected regionals.
San Diego room availability
I thought that starting with Philadelphia there wasn't a date you could still cancel without being subject to a one night charge. Guess I was wrong.
Jump shifts into minors after a major opening bid
I am tempted to do a poll on the "other" options as that is becoming a big winner. What beside mini-splinter (need a good definition), invitational w/o a fit, fit jump shifts and what else are the options? I do appreciate all the comments.
Jump shifts into minors after a major opening bid
for all the mini-splinter people, how do you play the jump to 4 of a minor when 3 of the minor is mini-splinter
Constructive Major Suit Raises
I could certainly put it thereon the card. It just seems wrong not to "alert" something that is red. Still, the constructive raise is a "say nothing' bid.
Constructive Major Suit Raises
agree to the mis-use of an alert. Sad to say but the thought is there but never would do it for the obvious reason
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