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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
11 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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Sub-standard American
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Mark and Karen Raphaelson
Standard American
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Double of 6NT
Maybe partner thought he was on lead.
What has partner got?
I'm giving partner the benefit of the doubt, and he decided to open 2NT with a stiff honor. K, AKTx, AQJTx, KQx
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
If 12 high with minimal shape should now be accepting invitations, I better start inviting with 14 counts opposite opening hands. A 1 opener promises a doubleton somewehere, so at what point do you not open 1? 10? 11 is a minimum and 12 is good enough to ...
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
It's not overriding partner's decline. It's forcing game with a hand that has invitational values but game-going strength that didn't want partner to get excited by overbidding 2/1. I think it describes the hand well, and partner should work this out, not feel "overridden".
another "Where did East/West go wrong?" hand
West is obviously blameless. East didn't do anything terrible, but I think with two aces, a singleton, and a known 9 card fit, pushing to game is worth it.
Law 23 Comparable Call
Wouldn't a call comparable to an insufficient call be another insufficient call? :)
Things happen
This RHO seems confused in a lot of ways. Even IF she thought she was borrowing a 4 card rather than passing, why would she have assumed the auction was over? And why would she put her hand down before she saw what CARD RHO has led? Or was ...
Was I injured
Mason's comment and problems of this sort always get me thinking. Are you obligated to trust partner and therefore work it out, or do you lose your rights to play bridge if you trust the explanation given rather than what partner promised?
Was I injured
"What seems to have happened here is that neither partner was aware of what's in the notes, and they had enough shared experience to interpret the 3♠ bid roughly as it was intended." This seems an odd conclusion when one thought it was preemptive and the other thought it ...
Was I injured
Fwiw East created and updates the notes, and both players have played this system (with more than one person, including myself) for a couple of years, albeit once a week, so this obviously hasn't come up much. Im very surprised not only that they forgot it, but did so ...

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