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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
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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.

Country
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
NABC
Favorite Conventions
Fairport
BBO Username
af1211
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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You be the judge!
Given partner's 24 count (or even 23), he *must* have either a heart control or a club control. I think any hand with a heart control would have bid 4. But some hands with a club control, particularly if he upgraded, might decide not to show it. So ...
Assign the passing blames
Blame the Great Shuffler for a deal where 3NT makes.
Assign blame
Unless N-S have a special agreement about the double, I think North has a fine pass of 3. He is comfortable either defending or putting down a dummy in 4, depending on partner's hand. But South, with less defense and more offense than expected, and perhaps a ...
4NT Over a 4 Spade Pre-empt
I put "other" as second choice, being 5. That should be pick-a-slam with first-round control of spades, while 5NT would be the same without that control. On this auction, either of those bids should show primary hearts; a hand like this one with the rounded suits interchanged. With the ...
Changing a card played after a revoke
Michael, playing without screens and without "Questions?," when does opening leader face the lead?
7!d : plan your play
At the end, I think that should be "repeat the club finesse."
Alan Frank's bidding problem: KJ6 9 AK53 J6432
Yes, and if they have the first hand, you'd be happier with 2 and with the second, 2. I agree, bid your suit, but does this mean the one with length or the one with strength?
Changing a card played after a revoke
I agree with Michael about "Having none?" (Though so long as the Laws allow, I will ask when partner has shown length during the auction.) But I don't see the issue with "Questions?" as long it is done consistently and after the lead is made face-down.
ATB - reaching a bad slam
I don't like 4NT, given that North doesn't know what to do next. Or he can take advantage of the reprieve and pass 5*, indicating that his Blackwood call was a mistake and letting partner go on with extras.
Redoubling Isn't Rude
[OT] What I don't understand is why more lefties don't bunt against the shift. I don't think that's about sportsmanship.
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