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Brian Platnick
Brian Platnick
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 16, 2011
Last Seen
44 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

In addition to playing bridge, I am currently a member of the ACBL seeding committee.  I have also coached 2 junior pairs in the program run by Michael and Debbie Rosenberg.  When not playing bridge, I spend my time trading stock options, chilling with my family, and traveling. 

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the 2017 Spingold
Bridge Accomplishments
Won 1991 World Juniors, 2010 Spingold, 2017 Spingold, 2010 Rosenblum, several other 1st/2nd place finishes in NABC events. WBF World Grand Master,
Regular Bridge Partners
John Diamond.
Favorite Tournaments
USBF team trials
Favorite Conventions
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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ACBL convention chart - Psyches
Ed, Marty wrote, “An absence of bright line rules punishes honest players while allowing dishonest players to get away with secret agreements that violate the rules” Your reply, “If people were required to self-report, that might alleviate the problem.” Requiring dishonest people to self-report their violations would make the world ...
Am I rationalizing?
Or the theoretical unsoundness of of NOT playing a strong club system
UI: What does it suggest? (Part 1)
3D = normal Pass = illogical alternative 3NT = irrational alternative Others = insane alternative
What does partner have?
"Caprera plays forcing club, for decades, and as such his opinion carries weight. Beyond that I have my doubts that standard bidders grasp the nuance of the impact limited openings have on responses." There are certainly situations where not being well versed in a given system makes it difficult to ...
Would you ever refuse to play a particular opponent?
Unfortunately, I've had to sit across the table from the anti-matter version of you.
Stansby is 2018 Sportsman of the Year
I can't think of a more deserving winner of this award. Congratulations Lew.
What do you play against multi 2!D?
I play whatever the ACBL written defense is. Here in ACBL land, we are complete idiots who need protection from such odious conventions. Luckily the ACBL does the thinking for us and mandates that the pair playing multi provide us with a written defense. It makes it very easy. If ...
A New Blue Ribbon Pair
Oren, I didn't take your comment as derogatory. To me 1S is the "normal" majority action, dbl is the minority action, and something like 2D Michaels would be offbeat. Great article. I'm looking forward to reading about some hands next year when you win the blue ribbon pairs ...
ATB - Matchpoints
David, West might bid 2H instead of doubling, but that could cause problems depending on how high East/West are forced afterward. Does 2H promise a rebid? Can West pass 2S? Does bidding 2H create a force if North bids 3C? East had a minimum opening according to the standards ...
A New Blue Ribbon Pair
David, I agree that bidding the 5-card major is more popular than double these days. But I wouldn't classify double as "offbeat".

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