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Mike Ladd
Mike Ladd
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Member Since
Jan. 27, 2015
Last Seen
6 hours ago
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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Gatlinburg Regional 2018 hits 8109 tables
One improvement would having pre-registrations for the Saturday & Sunday Bracketed Swiss events. You could use your TID number on the entry saving having to use player labels but you still had to stand in line to enter. Admittedly, I felt the lines moved very fast. You were able to pre-register ...
I apologize for this question
Jethro Gibbs' rule #6: Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness
5533 or 5542?
If possible, you could add the final option of 5551. There are some players in the DC area who announce "could be as short as one" when they open a club. All other suit bids promise 5 cards.
Conventions that work best (when they don't come up)
Rosenkranz doubles when they are played promising the Ace or King. When made, you know that leading from an Ace or King-Jack is perfectly safe. When not made, you know that leading your suit when headed by the A-Q is probably a bad idea even after a raise.
Oren Kriegel's lead problem: T87543 876 5 842
every card has at least two votes - impressive
Congratulations Richard Fleet
you "woke up not dead again today"
Mean .vs. Geomean
When I was on my High School debate team in Des Moines many decades back, my side won a debate using lots of statistics. The judge asked if I had ever read the book "How to Lie with Statistics" by Huff. I never had but got it from the library ...
2018 Fall NABC
Born and raised in Des Moines. Went to college at Illinois in '64 and essentially never returned. Definitely centrally located but probably not a place you would ever visit.
BW 2/1: Opener's "High Reverse"
The question is one that truly decides if a rebid of your major absolutely guarantees a 6 card suit. Being one of those people, I pretty much must bid 3 with a 13-point, 5-1-3-4 hand. By the vote count, it appears that a number of those guaranteeing a 6-card ...
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 ...
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