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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
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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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WBF Commentary on the 2017 Laws
I agree that it is annoying.
ATB - Teams knockout match (24 boards)
I thought it was going to be some sort of general "why did we lose this match."
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
I have about 1000 MP and ideally would prefer to play in a bracket with people who have 3000-10000 MP (where I am likely about the median in actual skill), rather than people who are (a) going to demolish me or (b) going to complain that there is a ringer ...
Failure to announce
What is your agreement on the meaning of 2 when 1 is natural? What is your agreement when it is alerted as "could be short?"
meaning of a bid
If you use the rule that says that in a competitive auction, you can only splinter in the opponents' suit, it can help clarify a lot of auctions like this.
Is this AI or UI?
Suppose you hold KQJ and lead one. Dummy shows T98, partner (known to have exactly three) plays the 5, and declarer wins the ace. Normally you would guess that this is a high card (whatever that might mean on this deal in your partnership), as there are three holdings (543 ...
Is this AI or UI?
Suppose that no hearts have been played and partner has the 2 as a major penalty card (easier example to concoct than for a minor PC). Declarer leads the 3 toward dummy's J54. You hold A98. Without the PC, you would certainly duck, hoping that partner could win the ...
Do bridge paradoxes exist?
I wonder if you can have nontransitive partnerships as well. For example, Meckwell beat Hamman/Wolff beat Levin/Weinstein beat Meckwell. For context, suppose they are playing a full session at a table, matchpointed against an old, unknown expert pairs set of results.
Develop Tricks
Kit often says that you can recover from being at the wrong level--you might get lucky--but not from being in the wrong suit. So I would have overbid with 4. 4-1 is the same score as 3-1, but has more upside if it makes.
Develop Tricks
With no intention of a final contract other than four of a major, why didn't South bid an immediate 4? In this case, 4 is doomed even with a diamond lead by East, but if you switched the major suit jacks and sevens, it would have a ...

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