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Mike Ladd
Mike Ladd
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Member Since
Jan. 27, 2015
Last Seen
59 minutes 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
ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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A new type of regionals
My guess is that for those between 1500 and 750, It is very small. I personally go for the KOs which makes Gatlinburg a "must" tournament. Smaller Regionals do not have enough brackets and they also tend not to have Mid-Flight pairs events either. Heck, the Hawaii Nationals were horrible ...
A new type of regionals
I looked at 2015 Regional Attendance Data (found via an older BW thread). I excluded Gatlinburg from these counts. That year, there were 36 Regionals of more than 1500 tables. Ten were in the two Mid-Atlantic districts (D6 & D7). Five were in Florida (D9). Five in the SW (D17). And ...
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
Attendance thru Saturday 5651.5 Baring a bad day for a large Regional, it appears that 6000 table will be surpassed. Not sure if this is good news or bad news. It sure isn't profitable news however.
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
I believe Honolulu still has a fighting chance to reach the 6000 table count. Attendance thru Friday: 5142 It is still running a bit more than 33% under the Denver numbers. Denver got 1318 tables in the final two days. Two-thirds of that would give an additional 879 tables and ...
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
Attendance through Thursday 4502.5 Since Honolulu's 8606 in 2006, the smallest Fall NABC has been Denver with 9058. Denver thru Thursday was 6832. This NABC is running 34.1% under that number. If that percentage stayed the same, this NABC will come in at 5969. The fact is ...
Convention Chart Madness
exactly when do the new charts become the law of the land for club games, sectionals & regionals?
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
Attendance thru Wednesday 3898.5
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
And the first numbers are .... 3192.5. Let the comparisons begin.
Flannery and the New Convention Chart
why do I think that several of our local directors will not realize this?
Open Honolulu Discussion Thread
Each of the past four Fall Nationals have had attendance numbers in the Wednesday bulletin. Orlando & Denver started listing them on Tuesday. Attendance numbers thru Tuesday as previously published are: 6140 in San Diego 2017 5323 in Orlando 2016 (3908 thru Monday) 4708 in Denver 2015 (3579 thru Monday) 5094 ...

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