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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
16 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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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 ...
A Diatribe against Gold Points
Well Karen, I have to confess that when you and I were 2nd overall in one of those 200-table open pair games in 1978 or whatever year it was, it was certainly a thrill. But see my reply to Bob Heitzman above - do we really know that people are quitting ...
A Diatribe against Gold Points
Bob, I certainly agree that the ACBL is exhibiting a short-term approach by what they are doing, but here's the issue I'm struggling with: do people give up competitive bridge at a faster or slower rate than they did 40 years ago? Is it possible that, back then ...
A Diatribe against Gold Points
A couple of points: 1. Good players do not all want the same thing either. Some of them like to pummel bad players and some of them only like to play against good players. As suggested above, people in the latter group are probably happy to be in a separate ...
Bridge World Standard - update soon?
I agree with Gary. I don't really see the value of an effort like this. My recollection of the justification for BWS was that two experts who had never played together before and had no time to go over methods could sit down and play BWS reasonably successfully. How ...
Adam Kaplan and Allison Hunt Named 2014 King and Queen of Bridge
He could mean former King of Bridge Adam Grossack...
Should teams be permitted to "play up" into higher brackets in bracketed KOs?
At some regionals the entire issue may be moot pretty soon. Within the past year or two I have attended two sectionals and one regional where my team was the ONLY team to show up for a Flight A event. Michael speaks of 7 teams in A/X. Our most ...
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