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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
July 10
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.

My pronouns are he / him / his.

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
Favorite Tournaments
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Play quiz part 2
Shooting by playing for West to have T(x) and ending up having to draw a third round of trump?
How Bad Is This Line of Play?
Why did North cash the K? Giving partner an immediate club ruff instead preserves the K for another club play, killing one of the discards.
Declaring at goulash
If spades are 5-0, I'm going down. If 3-2, any plausible line should succeed. So I assume they are 4-1 and I have three unavoidable losers. If I play a club right away, they will win and play a spade. Now, when I lose a trump (or they ruff ...
Master as a racist term
As part of an ethnic group which was once enslaved, I have no problem with the use of the word "masterpoints." I have plenty of other problems with masterpoints themselves, but the word is fine.
Master as a racist term
blackguard (villain/knave)--check the (possible) etymology at In any event, the word, like "master" predates American racism and slavery. Black Friday (when the market crashed) and also Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving, when balance sheets move from red to black) black market (underground ...
Master as a racist term
@Giles, that would reduce the parallelism with chess rankings, where "expert" is a lower level than "master."
Dummy's rights in a Timed online Swiss Teams
By law, no, but I am sure that if I were at the table, I'd appreciate it.
Undos in the Reynolds KOs
What I try to do is to alert, make the bid, then write the explanation. That way, if LHO doesn't care about the explanation, the delay is minimal, but if s/he does care, they will have full information before making their call.
The Kibs Are Not Alright
I would strongly prefer kibbitzing bridge with a properly implemented delay feature to either of the current options. I also have a preference to watching with no delay (and the risk of cheating) and all the features being available to watching with the current hamstrung delay. However, I appreciate that ...
Dummy's Card at Trick 1?
You have eight diamonds and only six clubs, so there are 21 ways for him to have 5-6 clubs but only one way to have 5-6 diamonds.

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