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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
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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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Open Orlando Discussion Thread
Sorry, until Disney apologizes for their one-time policy banning long-haired men at Disneyland, I'm not spending a penny on their facilities.
Treatments over 1NT with 5-card major
Paul suggested 1NT 2 2M 2NT 3M shows five cards in M with a maximum, accepting the invitation. Fair enough. But responder needs a way to ask for a five-card major with a GF hand. One possibility is to continue with an artificial (as it is ever) 3 ...
The Safer Plus
Thanks for doing the simulation, Rainer. I think the supports Kit's principle about thinking before bidding 6, even if the specific tactic he suggests is not best on this hand.
Table feel vs Cheating
If you are statistically lucky bidding marginal games and making the right opening lead (a la Avon's evidence on the Blue Team), I don't think you can put that down to legitimate table feel. If it is only about guessing against preempts, it is harder to differentiate.
The Safer Plus
Let's make a guess. If partner has K then 6 will make when partner has three spades (65%?) and spades are 3-2 (68%) or he has the jack (25%) and they are 4-1 (27%) or he has the ten and the jack drops (1%); or he has four ...
Club policy legal?
IANAL, but as I understand it, a club can bar psychists from future competitions, but can't penalize them.
Common Game - security of hand record files and boards made
You don't have to, just a few interesting/volatile ones. Suppose you learned something worthwhile on four boards that moved you from your usual 52% to 96% (tie for top). That will raise your expectation to 60%.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
You might be able to tell the difference. Let's suppose Joe and Mary each lead a slow doubleton. Each of their partners, A and B, reads it as a doubleton. And suppose that is more likely from the rest of the hand, so that is how an expert would ...
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
Supposing that A and B have an agreement to cheat collaboratively, perhaps that whichever of them is doing worse will dump when they play each other or that they will play a slightly different set of agreements than those imposed by the organizers. Then I believe there is an easy ...
What do you call a 9-card suit?
The worst thing about misplaying the hand is losing the beer.

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