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Mike Ladd
Mike Ladd
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Member Since
Jan. 27, 2015
Last Seen
10 minutes 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.
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ACBL Ranking
Ruby Life Master
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Smolen after an opening 2N?
We play puppet over a 2NT openings so some solutions don't exist. With a weak hand we just transfer to the 5 card major and play there. All other sequence are GF. With 4-5, we transfer the hearts and then bid spades. With a 5-4, we bid 3 spades ...
NABC Hotel Cancellation Policy
could very well be the case
NABC Hotel Cancellation Policy
Whatever the way the policy is eventually implemented (I expect some minor changes to what was stated), there are two very key dates. An obvious date is September 25 when those unsure of attending may very well cancel before penalties occur. The second is the date the Spring Regional in ...
NABC Hotel Cancellation Policy
I presume this only applies to reservations made thru the ACBL.
Losing by the slimest of margins
an "m"
Losing by the slimest of margins
Since the directors never brought it to our attention, the thought never crossed my mind. I know that a 2 bracket CKO can be handicapped but (I believe) not a 3-bracket event. I knew we were not in the 1st bracket but had no idea how many brackets there were ...
Losing by the slimest of margins
It can be unknown when neither team is informed of that fact prior to submitting results. In other handicapped events I have played, during the round, the team captain was informed of the handicap. But not today. I doubt if a handicap that small would have impacted the way you ...
Where did you learn to play bridge?
I first learned about bridge in high school when my mother (who never played bridge) bought a plastic table cloth with basic bridge bidding rules in front of each player. But I never really played until college. Jump ahead to college in the student union at Illinois. I watched and ...
Legal, Illegal, Alert Needed or announce
the suit in mention was 8-5-4. Club games in Northern Virginia are treated a bit more seriously than some places. Not ruthless but very few instances of a pair just having fun.
Legal, Illegal, Alert Needed or announce
very few 8-5-4 holding have ever been considered lead directing. I had not really thought about the disruptive concept. I understand they even have some systemic bids after 3rd seat openers. I cannot totally confirm that fact nor do I know if they have a means to determine if this ...

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