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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
46 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Mark and Markell
Standard American
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Sub-standard American
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Really bad or not
It's not a good bid, but against opponents who will never double, it has some merit. Against serious opposition, it could be a disaster. The other downside of a bid like this is that should the opponents still win the contract, they will have a roadmap to the play.
For your consideration: Are Bridge and Baseball facing similar problems appealing to youth?
Watching baseball, like playing bridge, is a cerebral endeavor. To someone who isn't a fan, a 0-0 game means nothing has happened. But there is so much going on at all times that people take for granted. Setting up hitters for later pitches in the game. Deciding who is ...
Odd hand where K and A of trump are last two cards played.
This was a novice pair, but that's what made the ending possible.
Interesting Board #3 of final 8 teams 1st segment.
The only holding in which the 7 can be 4th best on the hand in question is with a holding of exactly K987. How have you factored this into your calculation?
What do you need to bid 2!h here
And KNOWING that hearts split badly (or worse) doesn't mean anything?
Interesting Board #3 of final 8 teams 1st segment.
I think the calculation is ignoring that the frequency of the being a singleton should higher since it's been the chosen lead. In a vacuum, the probability of hearts being 6-1 may be 3.4%, but that has to go up based on the fact that a heart ...
USBC Round of 16, Day 1
What on earth happened in the Meltzer/Mahaffey match? Board 28 it looked like Meltzer was in 6S, which should make with favorable lies in spades and clubs, but after trick 2, the vuegraph just said that everyone agreed on off 2. What a huge 14 point swing without explanation ...
Mark Raphaelson's bidding problem: AJ7 KQT8 A963 53
Surprised at the dominance of 1NT here. Everyone seems willing to overbid a little, vul, in imps.
How to get to 4!h
So East systematically couldn't bid 2 showing 5 and couldn't double to show 4. West, under these conditions couldn't bid 3, since west didn't promise any (because he couldn't) and you are asking us, how, under your methods, you can get to 4 ...
At the table computation
I think a heart bid might help a couple of ways. First, if partner can support hearts, exclusion (not ideal with 2 voids, admittedly) might help you find out if he has the HK AND Q. Also, if partner denies heart support, and shows preference to diamonds, it certainly seems ...

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