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Mike Ladd
Mike Ladd
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 27, 2015
Last Seen
8 hours 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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Common Game - security of hand record files and boards made
It is a sad commentary that a person would risk suspension or expulsion from the ACBL in order to win an extra masterpoint or two.
What are your pet peeves?
Wonderful topic 1. After the opening lead, I will ask about leads and discards. If I get the answer of "standard", I sometimes follow up with "so you do not play coded 9s & 10s", to which they answer that they do. I always wonder why I missed the memo that ...
Which agreement set is better, imps if it matters
First, I might check the card to see if they play constructive raises.
The Death of 4-Session KO's
This seems to be a "what part of the country your are from" problem. I live in Northern Virginia and attend 5-6 Regionals a year. I only play in 4-session KOs and Swiss event. Our team is a bit under 7000 total points. In Gatlinburg (the exception to top all ...
A Hazy Shade of Winter
but it is such a great song - as were most of their songs
Gatlinburg Regional 2018 hits 8109 tables
One improvement would having pre-registrations for the Saturday & Sunday Bracketed Swiss events. You could use your TID number on the entry saving having to use player labels but you still had to stand in line to enter. Admittedly, I felt the lines moved very fast. You were able to pre-register ...
I apologize for this question
Jethro Gibbs' rule #6: Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness
5533 or 5542?
If possible, you could add the final option of 5551. There are some players in the DC area who announce "could be as short as one" when they open a club. All other suit bids promise 5 cards.
Conventions that work best (when they don't come up)
Rosenkranz doubles when they are played promising the Ace or King. When made, you know that leading from an Ace or King-Jack is perfectly safe. When not made, you know that leading your suit when headed by the A-Q is probably a bad idea even after a raise.
Oren Kriegel's lead problem: T87543 876 5 842
every card has at least two votes - impressive

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