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Mike Lipkin
Mike Lipkin
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Feb. 11, 2013
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about me

currently playing pro after retiring from of several bridge world articles and one book: "Invitation to Annihilation". no national championships but 100+ regional firsts or seconds.  Photo is from a trip to the fabulous Iceland (BTW: "Icemachine" runs a great club in Reykjavik). Resist the treasonous Orange Abomination. Stand with Vindman.

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Regular Bridge Partners
mike radin; david gurvich; alex perlin
Favorite Tournaments
saratoga; montreal
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What's the position, post-Boye Revelations?
It is not clear the ACBL is moving in the right direction, either. I note our new president oversaw the readmission of Lanzarotti with what I consider an insufficient expression of contrition.
Rotaru and Nistor Win LM Pairs
Do you play your 2!D opening as a weak 2?
... upon partnership.
District 8 Georgia Heth Elected ACBL President
Was this singular honor bestowed in recognition of the WBF's failure to seriously address collusive cheating? Or the ACBL's readmitting Lanzarotti without a full admission of guilt? A golden broom should be included with the office: good for sweeping things under the rug. Sorry for the snarkiness. In ...
What should be the “weakest action” over a 2!s transfer to !c or a 2NT transfer to !d over a 1NT opening?
Can either of you define LIPs; it is unfamiliar to me. Thanks.
What should be the “weakest action” over a 2!s transfer to !c or a 2NT transfer to !d over a 1NT opening?
I play "BIL", which seems to be the general "local standard" here in NYC, hence bidding the gap with non-interest; however I recall the late Tom Smith telling me he thought the approach at matchpoints and IMPs should be different. Frankly I cannot recall his reasoning, or which should be ...
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
To amplify your point, during a 5-year period in the 1990's, friends and I played "Modified Beta", an ACBL-compliant version of the second Polish forcing pass system, where all 8-12 point hands were opened and 1 = 13+. During this period we won more than a dozen regionals and ...
RIP Ken Cohen
I recall a Cherry Hill regional where Soloway and KC were paired in a morning KO. After KC declared 3NT by failing to support Soloway's major... Soloway lost it!
More Claims
Nice article, but one nitpick: on p 9 Hand 156, showing D'Alelio's play to 3NT, trick 9 is an erratum: Becker plays the 4 twice.
A better rating system
I don't really care if there is a particular rating system or schema but I strongly agree with Jeff being annoyed at headquarters consistently ignoring or shortchanging the the needs of clubs.

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