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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
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ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Bridge is getting harder to play
It is not a sanctioned game.
A Bridge Swifty
"I upgraded due to the good spot cards," Tom said tensely. "I have a trump," Tom said presidentially. "I was squeezed and had to unguard my king," Tom said blankly. "You needed to lead from dummy," Tom said crossly. "I finessed the opening bidder for the queen," Tom said markedly ...
Tanking to get a read
If Declarer is playing slowly to elicit a tell (and I recognize that this may be difficult to ascertain), I would consider it a breach of Law 74c7, which states that it is a violation of procedure to "vary the normal tempo of bidding or play for the purpose of ...
Defense From the Bermuda Bowl
Easy enough that I was able to solve it *when presented as a problem.* I am skeptical I would have done right at the table. Probably cash the three diamonds and then think about what to do next :-( .
What do you think of the director's actions?
It depends on the degree of harm caused by the law as well as the harm caused by the violation. For example, ACBL says we can't play multi in pair games. I think we should comply, even if there is a very friendly (or ignorant) director who would likely ...
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
I fail to see a similarity between the situation with Cornelia's granddaughter, where there was no UI, and the one in the OP where not only was there UI, but South appears to have taken advantage of it.
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
North could have J9xxxx xxx x Axx, which is not a weak two opener for most people, but makes sense on the auction.
What should TD Rule? Misinformation or Misbid or Extremely Serious Error
@John: The Laws do not require a poll. They are a common procedure when the ruling is not clear. @Michael: North has no UI, so can do whatever he wants.
What is this 5!C?
@Craig: depends on your agreements. If you bid 2NT on any 5-5, yes. But if it is weak/strong, then J-C's example is possible.
Are Bots Endplay Averse?
Also in the second case (not that the bots think this way), West would have led from his five-card spade suit.

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