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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
13 minutes 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.

My pronouns are he / him / his.

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
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ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Summer NABC Moved
To those who didn't get the joke at first, when an opponent at the table leads us astray by a falsecard, the response should be "well played," rather than filing a recorder form.
Summer NABC Moved
I understand how serious Covid-19 is. My wife can't work. My son at RISD is trying to do 3D architecture projects--which would normally be done with physical objects--online. My 92-year-old parents can't see each other for weeks because my mom broke her leg and is in rehab, with ...
Summer NABC Moved
I am completely convinced that nobody at the Sioux Falls NABC will contract Covid-19. I also like the idea of masks to reduce UI. Perhaps this is something we want to continue even after the pandemic. And finally, I'll point out that the famous Wall Drug is just a ...
Jorge Barrera Wins Spring NABC Robot Individual
@Jim & Michael H: Both players must indeed play the same system (but see the editorial in this month's Bridge World), but style may differ. For example, with a 4-2-3-4 fifteen count, the pro can open 1NT and the client can bid 1...1. Or play a system ...
Jorge Barrera Wins Spring NABC Robot Individual
Yes, Phil, but so do several of the players at the club. Michael, there is a big difference in the verbs "play" and "know." "Play" is understandable purely as a description of external behaviors, whereas "know" relates to internal states. So long as a computer is following the rules of ...
Strength of Rosenkranz Double and Redoubles When Using C/1MX, Rubens Advances, Etc.
You can usually get away with ambiguity in one dimension on the lowest bid, as many sequences will give you a chance to ask. I would suggest that this ambiguity not relate to partner's length in the suit, as the LOTT implies that when preempted, your choice of call ...
Jorge Barrera Wins Spring NABC Robot Individual
Michael, can you please cite a specific Law to that effect?
Jorge Barrera Wins Spring NABC Robot Individual
I don't think Michael's comment was negative. Even though it is not exactly bridge according to the Laws, it is an extremely similar game and still equally impressive to win the tournament, especially this year when external circumstances are pulling people away from physical tables into online play.
It Happened One Day
@David, if the official language were Italian, I would try to learn a few words for explanations and speak English with my partner between boards.
Kokish (Birthright) after 2C, and effect on second negatives when Kokish not used
One possibility: 2 2 2 3 (double negative) 3R is natural and 3 shows and . In all but the last case, opener can rebid 3NT over a 3 preference to show 5=4=2=2 with adequate stoppers. With a spade one-suiter ...

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