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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
Aug. 13
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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Who Will Win the Bermuda Bowl?
John, yes, at least for me.
Rebid Problem?
With honors in both majors, 1C/1NT. With honors in neither, 1C/2C. With an honor in only one, it depends on the strength of the club suit, so an easy 2C rebid here. Even with xxx-x-AKQJ-Qxxxx, I would not bid 1D/2C.
Losing by the slimest of margins
What if you have a ruling with a mixed result (e.g., +620 70% of the time and +650 30% of the time)?
The Cowboy and the Lady
I consider myself a mathematician. Not sure how good a bridge player, but I did guess the reason for the double before the idea was presented in the article. Yes, I would have made the double myself in the same position.
Flipping for Winning
Even the TSA uses some common sense. If a gun is found in your backpack, they are not going to accept that you forgot or didn't know. On the other hand, if it is water or a jar of peanut butter, they will just ask you to get rid ...
Flipping for Winning
It has two advantages: it does not violate the current cell phone rule & a director said it was okay. But I agree, doing it at the table seems simpler, at least between hands and after getting the opps' okay, which is what I did the first time. I also had ...
Self-reporting: Cellphones in Long Matches
Right. This proposed change is agnostic to willful cheating.
for those who play (or know) Criss-Cross
See also
English tournament entries
The NABC rotates among about fifteen locations. Understanding that England is smaller, both geographically and by population, I'd still expect at least something of a rotation.
Replying to e-mails from cell phone
Mostly, no chance of losing a tournament due to penalties.

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