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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Basic Information

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

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
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ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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What is the minimum for a takeout double part II 4450
The problem is not necessarily the penalty pass of 1C. The problem is later (especially at matchpoints) when partner doubles them on the 3-level, thinking it is your hand.
Masterpoints per minute and per dollar
Let me suggest an additional complication. So far the discussion has appeared to focus on a cost/benefit analysis assuming that time and money are the only "costs" and masterpoints are the only "benefit". But playing boards is also a benefit, and your boards per minute (benefit/cost) is much ...
Total Eclipse of the Sun
Too bad the Saratoga regional doesn't fit the schedule, as it is in June.
David Corn's bidding problem: KJ85 AJ9532 9 QT
4H is technically an overbid but if they have to make a decision about whether to save I want them to do it before my LHO can indicate whether or not they have a diamond fit. Also, concealing your hand may have some value. Vulnerable at IMPs it does not ...
Rolomatic Bridge Game
I suggest you contact the ACBL Museum in Horn Lake and if they don't already have a copy, donate it to them.
2016 World Youth Championships medallists
I suspect the Grossack brothers took some consolation from having won the Championship Flight GNT and then beating the 5 seed in the Spingold (not the original 5, but still) the previous week. It may actually be possible to play too much bridge, even when you are under 26.
Starting Times and Playing Schedules
We looked at this when working on the regional schedule for the Fall NABC in 2014. As Karen suggests, the constituency for these events is no longer what it once was.
Is the WBF Sexist?
Without taking a position on this, I will just observe that similar arguments are made in favor of womens' colleges.
Starting Times and Playing Schedules
Yes to all this, and I will add that with the early schedule, the restaurant waits for dinner tend to be much longer as the players are going out at "prime time" on the early schedule and 5 PM on the late schedule, when restaurants tend to still be empty ...
Scheduling secondary (i.e. regional) events at NABCS
One point I was trying to make is that it is totally impractical to provide a "better experience" for player X without providing a "worse experience" for Player Y. Player X says "I want a larger event - don't schedule pairs opposite teams on Thursday". Player Y says "I need ...
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