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

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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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ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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Presumably, a Sad State of Affairs?
I don't know why bridge against better opponents is necessarily "better bridge" from any perspective other than the chance to learn by observation. I have always sought out the toughest possible competition at least in part because the ego boost of beating good players, multiplied by the frequency, exceeded ...
How Angry Should We Be?
Entry fee yes, that was more or less the point of my prior post. Reimbursement of travel expenses seems remote. After all, since the ACBL does not require advance entries, it has ALWAYS been possible to make travel plans for an event that is cancelled once you arrive. It is ...
How Angry Should We Be?
IAAL and yes, a tournament entry is a contract, but that is really beside the point. If I go into a grocery store and buy a carton of milk, that is a "contract" but if I decide to return it unopened before leaving the store, chances are they are going ...
Robert Thorstad's bidding problem: Q752 2 KQ82 KQT9
This looks like a UI problem. At the table I would ask about the N/S methods and consider their table action. If 2D was a transfer, with North not bidding past 2H or at least thinking about it, the overwhelming likelihood is that partner has 5 hearts and thus ...
Another Dream About The NABC
In my younger days when I played a lot, I had a recurring dream that I was at an NABC, the session was about to start, and I was rushing up and down the street trying to find the hotel. I have heard of a number of other players having ...
What other sport or mind game competition allows bad players to become champions by hiring good players ?
I mostly agree with Bernie, but the reputational "corrective" has to rely on the rumor mill, since there is no "official" designation of pro, client and amateur. Sometimes the rumor mill is wrong. And whether right or wrong, the rumor mill is always nasty.
What other sport or mind game competition allows bad players to become champions by hiring good players ?
Lots of interesting comments here. The argument that high-level bridge would no longer be economically viable without sponsors is plausible to me. I do note however that there are many "pros" that are retirees from lucrative professions and would likely still be able to participate in NABCs without playing pro ...
WBF Leaves International Olympic Committee
C'mon, admit it - how many of you thought "Wolfson wins Vanderbilt" was the April Fool's story?
What are your pet peeves?
I totally agree with Harald, but notwithstanding the logic of this position I have been told by a director in no uncertain terms that if LHO leads the Ace and I have the King as declarer, I am not allowed to ask RHO whether they lead A or K from ...
Changing The Guard - attracting younger players
Heh, Karen, you remember that time and place a little differently than I do. My recollection is that when we college kids ventured to the off-camups "townie" game, we called it "House of the Living Dead" or something similar. But at any rate I like David Yates' take above the ...
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