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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Depending on where one puts the line between expert and intermediate, I'm on one side or the other.  I've played twice on the last day of an NABC+ event.  With two kids and a full-time job developing software, I don't get to play as much as I'd like.  I'm interested in theory, laws, & tournament organization; I've been involved in rulemaking for chess and Scrabble in the past.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Criss-cross overtaking trump squeeze
Bridge Accomplishments
Overalls in Fall '09 NABC+ Swiss, 7th in '14 Fall 10K Swiss
Regular Bridge Partners
Stephanie Hamilton, Eric Schwartz
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Upcoming, Challenging NABC's?
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Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
Peter, what about withdrawal on health reasons? Is your intent in #2 to address only the proposed change and retain the existing rules on health-related withdrawals? Personally, I would go with a subjective rule via the Credentials Committee, as I think there are too many acceptable reasons for withdrawal to ...
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
There are players of a lesser level of ability who might worry that their attendance at a USBC might introduce some unwelcome randomness into the results and reduce the chance of the best team qualifying. Having a non-qualifying USBC could potentially attract such players. Perhaps removing the focus on WC ...
Give the Ruff
After partner's 2 (multi) is overcalled with two of a major, it is common to play double as "pass if they bid your suit, otherwise bid." Would it make sense to play a double of 3 on this auction similarly: "pass with diamonds, otherwise bid 3 ...
Give the Ruff
Pass is clear with your actual hand over partner's 2, but if you wanted to bid, what would 2, 2NT, and 3 mean?
Interference with Queen ask
You can add redouble by teller as showing 2nd round control of diamonds, no queen, and one extra trump. (With two extra trump, show the queen.)
Hool - A Prelude to Bridge
The pair that wins the initial auction has the final say, so I don't see this as unilateral.
Alan Frank's bidding problem: x Tx K9xxx KQTxx
It's the first time I can remember bidding 2NT as a nonconstructive call. I would prefer to have my partners always take it seriously.
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
Jan: No, I would keep the 60% rule for the remaining players. Marty: I think I'm covering five-handers as well. Yes, there is a difference between the Board's proposal and mine. That's intentional. You don't have to like it, of course.
True, although in that case--the same player holds five hearts and three clubs--the squeeze is also unlikely, as he would have to have the sole spade guard as well, it still has some chance. The auction makes 6-2 hearts unlikely.

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