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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
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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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Do You Count Your Cards?
If the goal is for everyone to get to play bridge, that is not going to help.
ATB - Missed game
Not discussed as to whether the delayed 3 would be a grope for 3NT or an intermediate raise (i.e., this hand).
ATB - Missed game
North did not demand that South bid at the three level.
ATB - Missed game
South was spared the necessity of bidding with Rich's Yarborough by East's 3 call, so 3 must show _some_ values, though we can debate whether this much.
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: J32 K3 AK42 AJT5
The J is an important card and in my opinion a good reason to bid 1NT. Other actions could lead to partner declaring a NT contract with Ax(x), neutralizing your potential second stopper.
How would you rule?
Perhaps the OP was influenced by the directors making, in effect, the same mistake. And they should know better.
How would you rule?
Slightly off-topic, but what do people think of the agreement that 4 shows a strong hand with + and double shows a strong hand with +? The disadvantages are obvious; the question is whether clarity of the second suit is worth it.
Were NS damaged because of misinformation?
I play fit-jumps as NF by a passed hand. My understanding is that was the original plan. P (P) 1 (P) 3 and opener will pass with Axx AQ42 xx xxxx.
Steve Moese's bidding problem: QT974 K954 54 85
I passed, but am very close to a second call. Add a jack in a major suit or change the shape to 5=4=1=3 and I'd bid 2.
A Little Help
I'm not sure about the comment that you have to bid 6 after asking for aces. Yes, of course it is a cardinal sin to bid Blackwood if you are not intending to bid slam once you find that there are adequate keycards. But if you realize that ...

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