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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
3 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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Overtrick guess
Charles: Declarer had QJxxx KJx Axx J9. I don't think he can safely combine chances after a diamond return and the squeeze is unlikely. Double dummy, I *think* my only winning line is to duck trick two.
Story inspired by Craig Z's poll
You can apologize to Walter Tevis fans as well. (He's also the author of Mockingbird, my favorite novel.)
Overtrick guess
Uncle! Sorry, partner, I wasn't trying to embarrass you. Yes, I led a club, expecting partner to have Ax more often than not, and even if he had Axx, there is no loss when declarer holds KQ(x). Charles: given that declarer is good enough to know that he ...
The difference between winning and success;
"Don't criticize your teammates [partner]."
2NT artificial and forcing over opener's same suit rebid
Is this recommended at MPs or only at IMPs?
In a Hurry
Just like the Patriots would have won the Super Bowl if I had been coaching :-)
ACBL Big Ideas - Augmenting Rank/Point Structure
Strong support for #3 (not to be interpreted as a comment on other ideas).
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: Q8xxx Ax Qxx QJx
Partner could have A K9x AKJxxxx xx. If "Normal Jacoby," why not bid 4?
ATB - Wrong Spot
I abstained as a protest against the form of the poll. What if we think all the bids are okay? What if we don't like 4 or 5 for some other reason?
More Legal Eagles (push poll)
I think it depends partly on who your partner is. If it is Zia, maybe he opened 2NT with a stiff diamond and 5 is a splinter which he expects you to read. If it is a less creative player, then I agree with everyone who says the AI ...

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