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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
5 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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Best Hand: Don't Tell Your Mom
This is a excellent illustration of one of the many great features of robot bridge. A player comes up with a unique concept and can just try it out without going through endless legal and administrative BS at best and being outright prevented at worst.
"Playing Up" - An open letter to Jay Whipple
I wrote a letter substantially similar to Dave's, in a similar situation, about 10 years ago, directed at the District 25 administrators. Their response was to make the top flight an open Swiss going forward, and then bracketed anyone who didn't want to be in the top flight ...
For your consideration: Are Bridge and Baseball facing similar problems appealing to youth?
All bridge players know how long 10 seconds is. It is approximately four seconds.
For your consideration: Are Bridge and Baseball facing similar problems appealing to youth?
The other night I heard on the radio that HOF pitcher Jim Kaat was advocating 7-inning games, and Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione was speculating about at least making some games 7 innings. If people like that are advocating such a dramatic change to the game it is pretty ...
My belief is that very, very few players ever downgrade balanced hands. Weak players do not know when it is appropriate to downgrade and good players believe their declarer play will compensate, or partner will have length in their QJ doubleton, or whatever. Aside from that, it is rarely worth ...
In The Well: Chip Martel
He's not Charles "The Hammer" Martel, however. That was a different guy.
Conventions that work best (when they don't come up)
I'll put in a plug for Bergen raises. Knowing a single major raise is most likely only 3 trump is very helpful not only for "law" purposes but to avoid getting too high after making a game try with a weak 5-card trump suit. Bergen raises themselves, ok but ...
I agree with all that and in addition, if you bid 1NT, then 2Swith very weak hands you put a lot of pressure on 2nd seat's decision to balance because your side could have 23 hcp with a 5-2 fit or 17 hcp with a 5-4 fit.
Humor Break with Eddie Kantar
I came very close to this in real life. Rubber game with a partscore on, my pard and I competed to 3s on xxxxx opposit xxx, doubled but not redoubled. The opps established their side suit at tricks 1 and 2, ducked a trick and then claimed. Fortunately it was ...
3c transfer to d 3D transfer to h 3h transfer to s, 3 trump limit, slam interest or clubs 3s to play, you were too weak for 2s initially
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