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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
2 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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Your opinion on partner's opening bid Gatlinburg KO.
Either weak 2, pass intending to bid unusual NT, or if you can't resist 1, pull 4* opposite a partner who can't scrape up a response to your opener.
Your opinion on partner's opening bid Gatlinburg KO.
xx QJT9x xxxx xx
Play plan at 4!S
I'm not sure all nine-counts should drive to game, but any nine count with an AQxxx suit should.
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
My preference would be to always rebid 2C with 1=3=5=4 and to judge between 1NT and 2C with 1=4=4=4 depending on whether I have more strength in the majors or minors, respectively. So on this hand, I agree with the 1NT call. That approach ...
Can We Ever Play in Clubs
Assuming a trump lead, play ace of hearts and a heart. If trumps are 3-2, you will make barring a ruff in a side suit as you try to return to your hand. If they are 4-1 with no stiff 9, you only ruff one heart, return to hand and ...
Can We Ever Play in Clubs
That would explain why I couldn't find it. Looking properly, a search turns up "I don't think anyone in this tournament can bid diamonds to show diamonds. We lost the club suit in the 1950s. Now diamonds are gone and hearts are sinking fast."
Alan Frank's bidding problem: 8 4 QJT9732 T754
You be the commentator
As Dave W says, what should the commentator say. Just point out some of the possible lines. Give the specs a chance to form their own guess as to what declarer will actually do. Talk about the weather, the football game, the royal wedding. Has the other room played the ...
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
For what it's worth, the "right" answer on the actual hand was to bid 2 and pass 2. Partner was 1=4=4=4 with the K.
One more flew over the cuckoo's nest
From the front of Ken Kesey's book: "One flew East and one flew West and one flew over the cuckoo's nest." A good description of this incident.

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