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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
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Play 6H
Chance of 2-2 hearts or a stiff king is 50%. Chance of 4-3 clubs or a short ten is 72%. If my understanding is correct, this line is to be about 86%.
Poker anyone?
I think the OP's probability estimate is low because of correlation. If you have four aces, they will all be winners; if you have four deuces, they can't all be winners. Supposing for the moment that the probability of a given card being a winner is [(R-2)/12 ...
Poker anyone?
How about playing Chinese Poker with the same cards after each hand of bridge? That puts a premium on paying attention to the whole deal during the play.
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: AKJ65 --- Q65 KQT92
I think 2 should show either 5=1=3=4 or 5=0=4=4 with good spades.
Upcoming, Challenging NABC's?
For a list of the top ten, see
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
Peter, what about withdrawal on health reasons? Is your intent in #2 to address only the proposed change and retain the existing rules on health-related withdrawals? Personally, I would go with a subjective rule via the Credentials Committee, as I think there are too many acceptable reasons for withdrawal to ...
Request from Board re Players who Drop off World Championship Teams
There are players of a lesser level of ability who might worry that their attendance at a USBC might introduce some unwelcome randomness into the results and reduce the chance of the best team qualifying. Having a non-qualifying USBC could potentially attract such players. Perhaps removing the focus on WC ...
Give the Ruff
After partner's 2 (multi) is overcalled with two of a major, it is common to play double as "pass if they bid your suit, otherwise bid." Would it make sense to play a double of 3 on this auction similarly: "pass with diamonds, otherwise bid 3 ...
Give the Ruff
Pass is clear with your actual hand over partner's 2, but if you wanted to bid, what would 2, 2NT, and 3 mean?
Interference with Queen ask
You can add redouble by teller as showing 2nd round control of diamonds, no queen, and one extra trump. (With two extra trump, show the queen.)

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