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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
7 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
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Platinum Life Master
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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 ...
Barry Crane Bidding System
If Crane could win with this system late in his career given that by then, much better systems were available, he is even more amazing than I thought. In one respect he was way ahead of his time though - he knew that the Roth-Stone style was not right.
The Hook
The environment is so different today from when I started (1970) that I cannot even imagine where to begin. I played a little at lunchtime in high school but didn't think much about it. As a college freshman at the University of Illinois (Urbana), one day I was visiting ...
Real Bridge
This occurred because the ACBL had previously relied on marketers outside the organization (Culbertson and Goren primarily, but there were many others) making bridge popular among the general public. All the ACBL had to do was say "if you are serious about this game, just come over here" so in ...
Real Bridge
I totally agree. While I feel confident competing in all of the top ACBL events, the World Open Pairs in Philly (a mere 15 sessions) defeated me. That is like playing the entire Spingold, but with no sitouts, constant time pressure, and every trick counting. After we failed to make ...
On naming
I guess if we were talking about national events I might be on the other side of this. But everyone understands this is not the ACBL endorsing Cokin, it is about the person handing over the money endorsing him. There are a dozen or so people who have minor events ...
On naming
A few things: 1. Many of the people that have events named after them on the Providence NABC schedule are very much alive, and I greatly doubt that anyone paid $10K to name a side game - I think $500 is more like it. 2. My guess is that few players ...
Unauthorized Information - Most Common Situations
That's nice to hear. Hopefully it will not always take a committee to accomplish this.
Unauthorized Information - Most Common Situations
I believe the skip bid/stop card procedure gives tremendous scope for improving communication with partner. Actual 10-second pause is a totally safe way to say you were thinking of acting, since no one waits that long - 4 seconds is about average I think - but you can truthfully tell the ...
ACBL Lifetime Masterpoint Lists
The "falling off a cliff" part will occur when there are not enough people left to have a decent tournament, so the players who still want to play stop coming all at once. Edited to add: In my experience handicapping is not done to attract new players - it is done ...
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