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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
4 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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1S 2S 2NT
Responder can also splinter over 2NT on the off chance that opener has slam interest.
Alert flag for articles
You might add ?source=like to the URL. And given that most of the time there will be links to both likes and comments, if I choose to follow the like link, I'd rather see the new comments twice than not at all.
The Nicest Guy
I wish I had been as nice a guy when I heard the same auction. I just assumed RHO, a weak player, was taking a position, and ended up with a bottom when 2 was the last making spot. (I don't recall the hand at all, or whether ...
Assign the blame - 3NT failing while slam makes
See also my post:
Early Finesse
But you don't have 50% here, only 14%. I get the point though; how about AQJxxxx xx xxxx - opposite xx JT98x AKxxx A?
Ruling: Unsolicited play by dummy on the twelfth trick
Yes, and you shouldn't walk across the street when the light is red even if there is no traffic, but there is not likely to be harm in those cases.
Early Finesse
Yes, I had a hand like that recently where I made an aggressive double after an invitational auction and we got a top for +100. Of course, they were the only folks in game, so we would have gotten the same top for +50 :-).
How do the diamonds lie?
The answer is not on page 2.
The Nicest Guy
I *think* that a possible behavior consistent with the Laws would have been for Nick, after laying down his Pass card would have been to say, "Oops! I pulled the wrong card. Does anyone mind if I change it?" Of course there is no objection and now he doubles instead ...
Early Finesse
An article in the current ACBL bulletin proposes the "rule of 17" -- add your HCP to your length in spades. If 17 or more, raise constructively. This hand has only 16, and note that one more point in either round suit makes this a much better contract.

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