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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
19 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
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ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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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 ...
A Diatribe against Gold Points
Bob, Bridge does have serious flaws, but that is kind of beside the point as well as being OT. We all agree it is a great game. Just because something would be more popular if actively promoted does not create an inference that it is flawed. I don,t think ...
How Many Boards?
As long as the open and the women's events have the same number of boards per match, I am fine with 60 or even 56 for the reasons Peg stated. if the women's matches are shorter, well, that is just idiotic.
A Diatribe against Gold Points
Just to clarify, my point was not just that older players lack the "vigor and drive" of younger players, although I think that does tend to be the case. It was more that their brains simply can no longer perform the feats needed to (a) learn how to play high-level ...
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