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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
8 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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Brink - Drijver withdraws from BB
I am quite relieved that this is not for the same reason that some other players have recently withdrawn from representing their countries.
To Show or Not To Show?
Only if the table is on time for the round. Would require a software upgrade.
To Show or Not To Show?
Golf and bowling are the most similar, as well as many field events, such as long jump. You know your own score, but not necessarily how that compares to others. If you know the scores of others, it can affect whether you play down the middle or shoot.
Andreas Babsch's bidding problem: K87632 --- AKJ9 AK9
In the old days, you might cue bid with this hand. We've decided that Michaels was a better use of that call. If this is a 1 bid, then partner is going to pass us out with QJ xxxx xxx Qxxx when game is quite good.
Yes, though if partner holds something like xx xxx Jxxx AJxx, you will have the advantage of playing it from his side.
To finesse or drop
There is a secondary factor, which is that if East has Kx, you will gain an IMP by finessing. This is on average .25 IMP in favor, in addition to the .89 which you gain for making the contract.
% Play to Land 6N: 3-3!D or a squeeze
I had seen only Bernard's line, perhaps because I analyzed 6 first, but Marty's has the advantage of making an overtrick when diamonds break.
Overcalling 1NT with a singleton
(Like), but the ACBL would need to translate your wording into American.
% Play to Land 6N: 3-3!D or a squeeze
As an aside, either 6 or 6 is better than 6NT, certainly at IMPs and possibly at MPs.
Vanderbilt Fantasy
We know why Jan picks Fleisher, and I pick him because he's a friend from high school. What's your connection, Steve?

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