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Michael Rosenberg
Michael Rosenberg
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Member Since
Dec. 25, 2010
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Bridge Pro
about me

I am a full time professional player, and have been so since 2004 (before that, I was semi-professional). I play in all the Nationals, a few Regionals, and do a little online teaching. My wife Debbie is also a full-time professional. We have a son, Kevin. I have two daughters, Ivana and Jahna, from a previous marriage

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the 1994 Rosenblum
Bridge Accomplishments
Winner of Rosenblum, 1998 Par Contest, 5 US Trials, Spingold(2), Vanderbilt(2), Reisinger(2), More
Regular Bridge Partners
Zia Mahmood, Debbie Rosenberg, Chris Willenken
Favorite Tournaments
World Championship(any), US Trials
Favorite Conventions
KeyCard Blackwood, Transfers, Jacoby 2N
BBO Username
scotty
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Takeout or Penalty
The double of 1N in that auction is Penalty in Standard - though many experts don't play it that way - or even know that.
Takeout or Penalty
Ok, that's very different from the "rule" you originally gave. Not optimal on some auctions, but at least, with that added, it's reasonable.
Takeout or Penalty
"I think 2N has to have at least 3 hearts. 2335 worst case". Not at all. In fact, the opposite makes more sense. If 2-3-3-5 you have to worry that partner is 3-4-4-2 - and you have no 8-card fit. But if 3-2-3-5, it's different. One could easily have xxx ...
Takeout or Penalty
But if 2N can be only minors, it makes it tough for partner with 3-4-4-2 shape.
Takeout or Penalty
(1)P-(2)P (P)X (1)P-(1N)P (2)P-(P)X So you play these as penalty? If so, you are plowing a lonely road.
Takeout or Penalty
"If I had 4 hearts, I'd already have doubled" I think there are some hands that you wouldn't have doubled, but would like to compete now, in the 4HCP range. 1-4-3-5 or 1-5-2-5. Or maybe even weaker but with more shape. Also hands where you believe 4-card overcall ...
Another claim problem
John C: The problem with that last part is that if declarer claims 5 tricks with AkQJx oposite xxx then he only gets 4 - even when the suit is not 5-0. I don't think we want that (I certainly don't). What I want is that, when the suit ...
Another claim problem
Brian: Looking at your examples (one, dummy has AKQJ and two. the OP - but declarer has AKJx), there is one element that makes a world of difference. DECLARER, WHEN HE CLAIMS, ACTUALLY HAS THIRTEEN TOP TRICKS AGAINST ANY LIE OF THE OPPOSING CARDS. This means, for me, that if he ...
Takeout or Penalty
Eric: You could be (say) 3-5 in the minors.
Weaker than usual
I thought of writing that. Indeed, that is the 'normal' procedure on hands where you don't want a shift. But I forbore, because it doesn't help on the Kit-type hands, where an immediate shift is necessary.
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