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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
12 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
8th in Reisinger; Have made round of 16 in Spingold; Made top 20 of Platinum Pairs 3 times (as of 1/1/14, one of only 7 players to do so).
Regular Bridge Partners
Walter Lee, Frank Merblum
Favorite Tournaments
Nationals in good tourist destinations; BBO robot games
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Individual Tournaments
I played in this tournament in other events. Attendance for all events was poor, and the word on the street is that once the hotel contract is up (after next year's tournament) this regional will be discontinued.
Individual Tournaments
I would say that by far the major factor in the decline of the individual is the decline of rubber bridge. The vast majority of tournament players today never develop the specialized skills needed for either game and, as noted above, are used to playing refined "methods" with a small ...
Private score cards
You mean like when your partner opens a weak 2 and you blink your eyes, accidentally noticing on the front of your convention card that you play Ogust with this partner rather than feature? That kind of memory aid?
Private score cards
What Jan said. I think there should be a 3-IMP penalty for asking another player the vulnerability on a board if the asker is using the so-called IMP scorecard and the askee is not. I've not often heard a MP scorecard user annoy another player by asking the vulnerability ...
A Sad State of Affairs
JoAnn, I have to disagree with your second sentence. First of all the stars mostly play for pay now. I have no idea whether they would play nearly as much if they didn't get paid. Secondly, see Peg's post above about the tournament where Flight A totally collapsed ...
A Sad State of Affairs
Agreed, Richard! Now, who has the ability and motivation to promote rubber bridge?
A Sad State of Affairs
In one sense I agree with you. The ACBL CANNOT market the game itself. It can try to market tournaments but I don't think that would work without a larger base of casual players to draw from. Historically bridge WAS marketed, successfully, to the general public, but not by ...
A Sad State of Affairs
The cost of tournaments is getting higher all right - but you know, when we played in our 20s, we slept four or more to a hotel room. Middle-aged players (and I put myself front and center on this point) are less willing to do that. So get younger players! Where ...
A Sad State of Affairs
The first half of Dave's post is very similar to several I have made around this site on related topics and I agree 100% with everything he says about how we got where we are today. However I draw different conclusions from the same history. I don't think ...
A Diatribe against Gold Points
Bob, I'll try to refine my position a little further, There is certainly a robust strain of historical thought that says that the US is an anti-intellectual country. It may not really be the case and even if it is, I would call it only a very partial explanation ...
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