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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
July 16
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
Geof Brod, Adam Grossack, 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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GNT Rosters
Yes, Zach G is kind of slumming in Flight A. He already has logged the following: 1st 0-5000 6-session LM Pairs 2nd Silidor Pairs 4th Werhner Pairs 7th Mixed Pairs I don't believe he's reached his 17th birthday yet, but I could be wrong about that.
GIB Idiocy of the Year Award
Like Jim and Leo, I play a huge number of these games and I am very philosophical about it. The vast majority of the insane things the GIB does either can be prevented or will happen at most tables. I do recall GIB not leading an AK against 7NT, but ...
Vote Out Some Incumbent BOD Members
Allan cites that in the 1940s, 44% of all American households had at least one active bridge player. Now is the percentage of active US players who participate in the ACBL higher, or lower, than it was 70 years ago? Until we know that, we don't know whether the ...
ACBL Fall Nationals Schedule
I do find it more than a little strange that the Reisinger is the one and only event in ACBL-land to which the concept "too big" is ever applied. If a one-section final is desired and there are "too many" entries, just make it a four-day event and start a ...
Unfair Playing Conditions in Dallas
I was there for the entire tournament. Temperature was a problem just for a day or two. Water pressure was a problem throughout, both in the rooms and the playing area restrooms. As noted above, there seemed to be a lot more maintenance problems of various kinds than usual. Concessions ...
In my humble opinion, inverted minors work well only with 12-14 NTs. Then 1m-2m-2NT is GF, 15+ and you are not struggling to sort out range, shape AND stoppers all at the same time. I don't like to give up 1m-2m weak. If you do, you get two difficult ...
Belting People (if only we could....)
The ACBL's website contains a chart that indicates that if you are a "plain vanilla" Life Master you are only roughly the 60th percentile of the entire membership. The value of Life Master status is there for all to see. Years ago they dealt with this problem by creating ...
Belting People (if only we could....)
I agree with Hugh that it really does not matter if bad players win masterpoints. It is all about the respect of our peers. Bad players may win the respect of their peers by winning masterpoints, but they won't win the respect of good players, and good players don ...
The Future of Bridge?
A number of people have touched on this, but I think there is a fundamental structural problem with the ACBL that ultimately underlies the concerns that many of us have. The ACBL is, as many have stated, a non-profit. Its mission is, according to its website, "to promote and sustain ...
2014 Hall of Fame: Who Should I Vote For?
Belated perhaps in Jill's case, but not Chip's - this is his first year of eligibility (based on age).
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