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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
25 minutes 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).
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Favorite Tournaments
BBO robot games
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Platinum Life Master
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Steve Rogers's bidding problem: JT4 JT32 JT4 AK2
I am kind of surprised at the big majority for pass. I don't think partner can ever act in the passout seat here and I am the one who knows there is minimal diamond wastage. Isn't partner supposed to have 11-12 HCP, 6 spades and short diamonds for ...
Bridge Periodicals
I have a copy, contained in a book titled "The Treasury of Chess Lore". If you would like a scan of the story, feel free to e-mail me.
Bridge Periodicals
I nominate "We Really Should Have Won" (TBW, July 1971) and "The Grosvenor Gambit" (TBW, June 1973). Anything by Frank Vine. "The Bet" and the "Old Master" Series are both good, but I can never resist pointing out whenever it comes up that Klinger's "Old Master" series "Last Round ...
Should bridge authorities be able to tell us what we can bid?
The rules of games are arbitrary and it seems right to me that the tournament governing body can make whatever rules it wants. There is no reason for there to be a higher authority called "The Laws of Bridge", "Real Bridge", or anything else. It is pretty obvious that a ...
Let the cards speak, not the time it takes to play them!
In principle I agree with the OP but I suspect that the number of people that can consistently (1) play in tempo and (2) never act based on partner's tempo is quite limited. I myself could not, which is one reason I quit playing a number of years ago.
Leo Lasota's bidding problem: AK43 KQJ72 6 AK9
I think 3D suggests only three spades, that is, the same hand with one of your small spades being a club. That way when you do bid 3D partner will know that they can't bid 4S on four small, even with a couple of high cards.
David Parsons's bidding problem: KQ7 T943 T654 T7
I agree with Paul's first two paragraphs. I will hope for partner having a stiff diamond honor, or blockage. I will pay off if opener does have AKQJ of diamonds and does not double. Even in that case, we may have no plus anywhere.
Change "Best Hand" in robot individuals?
Eugene, If frequently psyching opening bids does work in best-hand robot bridge (which I don't know from personal experience since I didn't do it), perhaps the solution is to improve the robot's defense. I don't happen to know if the people who repeatedly finish high in ...
Change "Best Hand" in robot individuals?
One could argue that it is actually more rewarding of skill to learn to manipulate the robot, to the extent that the robot's tendencies are more learnable than those of random opponents.
Change "Best Hand" in robot individuals?
As a veteran of many thousands of robot individuals I can tell you that "best hand" makes it both more fun and a better test of skill. The only argument I can conceive of on the other side is that it is less like "real" bridge. While true, I don ...
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