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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
6 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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What's Your Process of Elimination?
The first thing is to ask what your goal is. Much of the time, it is to defeat the contract. In that case, formulate a plan for doing so. Other times, such as at MP or against a doubled contract which you know is going down, you are trying to ...
ATB - Flannery
By the time the opening lead is made, East will know everyone's distribution. However, 4 makes it harder for East, holding weak length in a major, to infer shortage in his partner's hand.
Get That Overtrick
Please use the hand diagram tool.
Opener's rebid over 1NT in a 2/1 context
I would be more likely to bid if 1NT is semiforcing than if it is nonforcing, as partner is more likely to have support. Playing NF, partner will very rarely bid 1NT with three-card support, while that is frequent playing 1NT F or SF.
Are system psych allowed?
This (last) seems perfectly legitimate according to the Laws, though it would not surprise me if some jurisdictions forbade it.
How much edge do you need to justify variance?
You write that you "knew" the side suit was 6-2 and were right. But how sure? If only 90% sure, does that outweigh the 4% equity on the "right" play?
Are system psych allowed?
According to what Law is it illegal to field a psych?
Lecture for Flight B players
It would be nice to ask permission, but I believe you can use the deals without permission so long as the commentary is all your own. IANAL.
The Adventures of Mrs. I. Fixum
There is a similar story I've heard, where opening leader doubles 7NT and leads his ace. At most other tables, they stopped in 6NT, opening leader made a normal lead to set up a side suit, then got in with his ace to cash three more tricks.
The Adventures of Mrs. I. Fixum
I remember a hand same as Jeff's.

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