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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
May 25
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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Break In Tempo
I don't care about a score adjustment, but the director's license needs an adjustment.
Assign The Blame
I think East is strong enough for 3 on the second round, but I think West underbid by even more.
Nickell vs. Lall - Board 111 - 7!S
What a surprising conclusion!
So you want to be a Vugraph operator
I'm hoping that after I retire and can have the luxury of non-playing days at an NABC, I will be able to do VG. Back in the Dark Ages (1990), I was a recorder in the finals of the Women's KO, which is similar to being a VG ...
Blocked suit squeeze
@Ulrich--no, because with AK, he could discard either one without giving up a trick in that suit. With J5, the ending is different depending on which club he discards.
For your consideration: Are Bridge and Baseball facing similar problems appealing to youth?
The average attendance per game is positively correlated (39%) with the year number since the last expansion in 1998. The 2017 attendance is 99.6% of the average over that period. I don't see a decline. I thought at first you were going to ask about other things the ...
Blocked suit squeeze
I suppose it is a matter of terminology. Although I now see that Wikipedia gives a comparable position with this name, my understanding had been that a normal strip squeeze would have required West to have a club holding like AK.
How Unusual is this Hand
And not surprisingly, eight of them are unbalanced.
Best use for artificial 2NT opening
Which "this?" What jurisdiction, and what regulation did the director cite?
A difficult ruling?
Where you have East playing in a diamond game or slam, I would split those and say 1/2 and 1/2 .

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