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Michael Rosenberg
Michael Rosenberg
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Member Since
Dec. 25, 2010
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Member Type
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
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ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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That's Universal
Only minimum range hands come with any sort of 'guarantees'.
A thought much would it be worth to see dummy before the lead?
My own experience is that the lead I would have chosen had I seen dummy is quite often inferior to the lead I actually chose. To name one (among many) I led a club against 3N from KJxx. When dummy put down A1087 that did not feel good. But partner ...
How do you play the 2nd double?
David B: I would think Penalty = 4+. TO = representing one or two. Values = 2+.
Modified Baze
Al: Yes, I prefer a similar approach in transfer sequences. 3oM is unspecified ST. 4 is 'normal' balanced ST. 4 is BST with bad trumps (opener needs two honors or Axx). 4M is BST with great trumps and no controls. Here, I think it's 'closer' as to ...
Modified Baze
That is the original (I think) Baze. Modified Baze (switching 4 and 4) is a pretty clear improvement, since the extra step is needed far more in the BST auction. Indeed, after 2-4 in Regular Baze, opener has no bid below 4 to show interest ...
Modified Baze
You would need to deal with shortness after 1N-2, 2. It can be done, but requires more work. Also, you lose opener's ability to Last Train after 1N-2, 2-4. I think Baze, or modified Baze is not optimal. I've never seen 4 ...
Considing Otpions When Leading Against A Grand Slam.
Ron G: "There is no double squeeze unless South guards diamonds and North guards hearts." That's true as far as it goes, but it doesn't really say enough. This would be the end position. Dummy: x, Q, KQx, --- Declarer: Axx, ---, x, x LHO: KQ, ---, J9x, --- RHO: Jxx, K ...
Considing Otpions When Leading Against A Grand Slam.
Ian: When does it make a difference whether you cash a high club or not?
That's Universal
It's long been Standard that a balancing double can be lighter than a direct seat double. My notes say, and have always said 'a king light'. A non-balancing TO double, in Standard, suggests at least minimum opening values. If minimum, it should contain 3(+)-card support for any unbid ...
Riddle me this
Maybe that, double-dummy, EW make 10 tricks in any strain? I haven't really analyzed it but, at a glance, that didn't seem impossible to me. But I guess, even if true, that doesn't seem especially 'symmetrical'.

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