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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
17 hours 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.

 

Country
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
marklbetya
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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Mark/Lance/Cab
Sub-standard American
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What is the best use for this bid?
I find it curious that 3NT was described at all. Has anyone ever asked for an explanation of this bid in this auction, or is there something else about the auction I don't know.
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
Possibly. I know that my wife absolutely refused to play against an abusive nasty woman at our club. She was reported several times, but they allowed her to keep playing. Rather than rock the boat further, they accommodated this by arranging movements where they wouldn't have to play each ...
ATB
I find blame difficult. As a matter of fact, if either side took any action that worked out badly (opposite a different hand, obviously), we would be laying the blame on an aggressive, although reasonable call.
ATB small slam
If south was using a cue which took up a level of bidding room in order to "find the best game", then why would he bid over 4S? Partner asked him to pick a suit, he, in effect, answered "No, you pick, but pick at the 4 level" and then ...
Masterpoints(tm) in the ACBL; I am sure other jurisdictions have more or less equivalents
"they played largely different game." Not so much. Declarer play hasn't changed. Bidding and signaling has improved, of course, but for both sides. You have to compare against contemporaries. If you dropped Babe Ruth in his prime into a baseball game today, he would likely be blown away. But ...
Masterpoints(tm) in the ACBL; I am sure other jurisdictions have more or less equivalents
Adam, I don't buy your argument. I agree that all those changes to the game happened. But they happened pretty much for everyone. What really makes trying to compare masterpoints between eras is the ridiculous inflation. Is there a point to bemoaning the fact? Only if we can move ...
Masterpoints(tm) in the ACBL; I am sure other jurisdictions have more or less equivalents
Why don't we just raise the requirements for ranks to be proportional to the increase in MPs? This would restore some value to the original MP holders. Does anyone know how many MPs you would now need under this criteria?
Masterpoints(tm) in the ACBL; I am sure other jurisdictions have more or less equivalents
Sandy, as a baseball fan and purist, I'm sorry I can only "like" your post once. That analogy is apt. For me, it was noting the number of points very bad players had that made me realize the point system wasn't doing it's job. Well, maybe doing ...
Masterpoints(tm) in the ACBL; I am sure other jurisdictions have more or less equivalents
I've never cared about MP, so obviously I'd still play without them. What I would prefer is a database with all the games and opponents, so I could go back and see, "Hey did I ever play against xxx?" before I knew who he was. Or my overal ...
Masterpoints(tm) in the ACBL; I am sure other jurisdictions have more or less equivalents
1) I think the purpose of MP's used to be to reward achievement towards the goals laid out, such as Life Master. I would say that originally, because of how hard they were to achieve, they were useful and the ACBL even rewarded "Life Masters" with a lifetime membership ...
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