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Michael Rosenberg
Michael Rosenberg
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Basic Information

Member Since
Dec. 25, 2010
Last Seen
23 minutes ago
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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Unusual action with UI
I would allow 5C here for the following reason: 1) I believe COMBINATION of BIT is crucial. Here, there was (presumably) no BIT before 3N. So put that together with the UI, and it looks as if the UI strongly suggests passing. I would feel differently if the UI was ...
ATB Missed Game
Right. I might have reasonably said that West underbid by an ace (hence my "80%") except that he didn't actually hold an ace. Also, I'd note that 19 opposite 6 tends to be a tougher game to make than 15 opposite 10.
ATB Missed Game
East underbid by about a Jack. West underbid by about a king. So most of the blame goes to west, about 80%. Unless E-W are playing Strong Club, then about 100% to East.
Upon the Stanislaus
If you're going to rule on the basis of "trying to pull a fast one", I think the penalty should be more disciplinary than trick-related. But I think it should be down 2 for the 'innocent' claim also. Sometimes, it would have beren conceded. For this reason, when it ...
Upon the Stanislaus
If you block them you have 8 tricks - 4, 3, 1. If you unblock them you have 7 tricks - 5, 1, 1.
Upon the Stanislaus
John A: What would have been your ruling in this OP case?
Upon the Stanislaus
Bill: As I have said for many years, I think it would be better if we had different Laws for different levels of play.
Upon the Stanislaus
I agree with both your 'rulings'. However, the fact is that, in Debbie's case, the Director AND A COMMITTEE ruled the contract made. So, obviously, (if we are correct about the hand) the current Law is not worded strictly enough...
Upon the Stanislaus
John A: There IS a penalty for a nullo claim. Declarer loses the benefit of any reasonable doubt about subsequent tricks - tricks he MIGHT have made had he played on . For example, on the OP hand, I'd rule AT LEAST down 2. (He cashes the diamonds and says 'Oh ...
Upon the Stanislaus
Phil: For me, this hand has everything to do with Debbie's hand. It's because of this hand, and the many iterations of it, that I believe that, when a false claim IS caught, it should be treated strictly. It's not enough just to say the 'nullo' claims ...

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