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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
22 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.

My pronouns are he / him / his.

Country
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
NABC
Favorite Conventions
Fairport
BBO Username
af1211
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Are You Sure?
For example (responding to Joe), I rarely open 1NT with a 5CM, so use 1M 2NT (Jacoby) 3N to show that hand. If I could rule them out, 3NT would be available to show some other difficult hand or separate out an overloaded response.
Are You Sure?
I agree with Bill that you need a larger sample size, but not in the value of simulations. In some cases, you will get to the same contract with either opening but will have given different information to the opponents. In other cases, you will do well by getting to ...
Fitting Card
He doesn't have to have diamond length, but he can't have a diamond stuff. I am guessing that they would open 2 in that case; I believe this event follows ACBL rules and does not allow Multicoloured 2.
Ethics, gamesmanship and the law
Peter: In this case, it was a team game with no hand records, so not an issue. But a good point in general.
Bidding a Singleton Four Times
I agree with bidding 6S at matchpoints, shooting for 7NT. Kit Woolsey recommends that with a source of tricks you respond 6NT; this allows asker to look for a better small slam even when there is a keycard missing.
The Un-Basic Menace II
Articles like this give us new hope for the future of bridge theory.
Dennis Bilde is 2020 Lazard Sportsman of the Year
I would love to hear anecdotes about Dennis's behavior that led to this award. (Lest anyone misunderstand, I am not questioning whether he deserves it; I am just personally unfamiliar with his history.)
Should we have taken the push?
A skip warning of whatever type is helpful to sleepy but honest players who might be looking at a yarborough and not paying enough attention to the auction to notice a skip bid unless it is pointed out to them.
Should we have taken the push?
My solution is to pay careful attention to North's behavior in the future over skip bids and call the director if there is an instacall.
Should we have taken the push?
Yes, it goes down on a heart (or spade) lead, but I think that with two tricks in her hand, North would tend to try to set up a third before declarer perhaps pitches club loser(s) on dummy's diamonds.
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