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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
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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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Winners at the 2018 WYTC
I go to a word processor which has a visual picker window to insert ϜϋήȵЎ characters, then copy them where needed. It's slow, but for the limited volume that I use, works fine.
Equal Honors
It's suggested that East's play of the J at trick one is an error, even though it is the card prescribed by the E-W carding agreements. Sure, "logic" suggests that the play of the King promises the Jack, but couldn't it be an alarm-clock signal with a ...
Winners at the 2018 WYTC
And China for two more wins.
Squeeze for 1400
Depends on what happened at the other table. If they scored a telephone number there as well, or somehow bid and made 6, the extra undertrick could be significant.
switching minors in leaping Michaels over 2M
I would not just ask if it is forcing, but what should it mean? 1) Nonforcing 2) Mild slam try in hearts 3) Slam try in hearts with a spade control 4) ...or without one (seems unlikely to be important, as partner probably has one) 5) COG (or better) with ...
Could this happen in top-level bridge...?
I'll bet that if Sylvia Shi had the resources to hire a team of top pros, she would have had a good shot at an NABC+ title after playing for a year.
Could this happen in top-level bridge...?
A successful professional bridge or poker player can donate more to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, or similar organizations than an unsuccessful one. Call your mother and send her pictures of her grandchildren. It's okay if the pictures show them playing bridge or caddying. I ...
It's About Time
With a skilled observer at the table, one might be able to fairly allocate responsibility for time taken. Otherwise, which is going to be 99%+ of the time, I think you need to go for a no-fault approach. Aside from simplicity, this removes any incentive to play out claimers (or ...
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
Scott: bridge copy is all he ever wrote. I trust you mean that bridge copy is all he is now submitting under his byline.
Accusation of Plagiarism against Mark Horton
David Burn noted above the review of [i]The Last Board[/i] in the current issue of [i]The Bridge World.[/i] Does anyone know if Jeff Rubens was aware of Horton's plagiarism when the issue went to press? Is anyone planning to buy the book? Would it be ...

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