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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
46 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.

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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How Not to Make Silver LM
East believed that with no controls he wasn't worth a slam move, and 6 is pretty marginal anyhow--you're only 74% to bring in the hearts and without a diamond lead you need some luck in one of the minors. Yes, "routine 1NT" was intended as humorous. I ...
How Not to Make Silver LM
Thanks, fixed.
How Not to Make Silver LM
Thanks, fixed.
Bridge Memes
Yesterday Monaco made Vanderbilt
The Best Bridge Writer Poll
That would affect a HOF vote, were I an elector, but not my vote on this meaningless BW poll.
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: AK8762 98 KQ65 3
2. I think partner is more likely to have 2+ spades than 4+ diamonds, plus it pays better if we get to play there and is more preemptive.
Jeff Lehman's bidding problem: --- K976 J97 QJT963
I wouldn't do this at IMPs, but at MP I am more worried about the opponents finding a spade fit than us finding a heart fit.
Rare Squeeze
If this is a Jetson squeeze, what's a Flintstone squeeze and do you have to be playing Stone Age ACOL to pull it off?
Overtrick guess
Hopefully nobody's going to point a gun to your head, but there could be a lead requirement if partner had a penalty card.
Interference after a transfer
I would also distinguish between an immediate 3NT and a delayed (via 2NT) 3NT in terms of spade stoppers. 4 is surely a retransfer and 4 is to play, to protect a positional spade holding.

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