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Alan Applebaum
Alan Applebaum
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Member Since
Nov. 29, 2011
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
United States of America

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Bridge Accomplishments
8th in Reisinger; Have made round of 16 in Spingold; Made top 20 of Platinum Pairs 3 times (as of 1/1/14, one of only 7 players to do so).
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How to Handle Suspicions of Cheating in an Online Club Game
To quote an expert on "getting help" at the card table: "Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."
Christopher Donnelly's bidding problem: AKT852 A6 K AT52
Slam does not seem so unlikely to me. Partner can certainly have two useful cards and not bid more than 1S if he only has four of them. He is also fairly likely to have a stiff club on the bidding. Opposite xxxxx xxx Axxx x you are cold for ...
Joe Clark's bidding problem: 63 K53 Q854 QT86
Kokish relay is the villain here. Essentially an entire round of bidding is wasted just to be sure of handling 24+ balanced hands smoothly, and even then you will likely be wrongsiding spade contracts.
Would a 20-30 minute spectator delay impact BBO events in any meaningful way?
Marshall's post reminds me of the story about Ronald Reagan that in his days as a baseball broadcaster he did some games off a ticker tape rather than being at the park. If he reported a pop fly and there was a delay in the ticker before the ball ...
The ACBL Convention Charts Are Too Restrictive
Thank you Richard. This sentence struck me in the ABF rules: "Yellow System pairs are also required to prepare and submit a bona fide suggested defence to the HUM aspects of their system." To me, even a sponsoring-organization-approved suggested defense is a very poor solution, but this seems to suggest ...
The ACBL Convention Charts Are Too Restrictive
Perhaps one of our non-US members can enlighten me on something. It has always been "common knowledge" in ACBL-land that more methods are allowed outside the ACBL than in it, but what does that mean exactly? Is there simply a longer list of conventions that have gone through some kind ...
Bill March's bidding problem: Jx Jxxx Qxx JTxx
With RHO not even making a "garbage" raise to 2S, I think it is more likely that partner has 3 or even 4 spades and too much for a 1NT overcall than that the opponents have 10 spades between them.
Why Don't We Attract More Bridge Players?
When the obnoxious behavior of notorious stars of the past like Roth, Ira Rubin and Crane is recounted, whether on BW or elsewhere, it is almost always done with a tone of fondness and nostalgia rather than with a tone of outrage. Even Edgar Kaplan is often praised for the ...
Steve Rogers's bidding problem: JT4 JT32 JT4 AK2
I am kind of surprised at the big majority for pass. I don't think partner can ever act in the passout seat here and I am the one who knows there is minimal diamond wastage. Isn't partner supposed to have 11-12 HCP, 6 spades and short diamonds for ...
Bridge Periodicals
I have a copy, contained in a book titled "The Treasury of Chess Lore". If you would like a scan of the story, feel free to e-mail me.
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