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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
18 hours 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.

My pronouns are he / him / his.

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
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Favorite Conventions
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ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Weak two?
@David, the post does say "both vul."
Ogust Followup (with your cards!)
The opponents can make 5, but at our table they underbid and underplayed for +130.
Tweaking a Blocked Suit
John is right on the original layout.
Tweaking a Blocked Suit
Right, except for the last statement. See page 4.
Tweaking a Blocked Suit
@Foster: good point. I've added a stipulation in the problem to rule that out.
How to get to 6!D
Where did West show his 20 points? I could see 4, 4NT, or 5NT as better options than 3NT. Opposite any of those, East can bid 6.
Record trump support; Partnership agreement
This past Tuesday, I held xx Qxxxxx Kx KQx and heard partner open 3. After 4 to my right, I passed, then balanced with 5 over LHO's expected 4. We got doubled for -100 and a tie for top (one pair went to 6 ...
Should bridge authorities be able to tell us what we can bid?
I answered "other." I think that opening 1NT with any singleton as the best description of the hand should be allowed--it tends to lead to a sensible auction and contract--but that opening with a forcing bid on a weak hand is just injecting randomness, and more of it than psyching ...
Anyone remember Feudal?
Another theoretically good approach is for 2NT-3NT to show that hand.
The lost cause of the Jacobyites
I can see AK+A as a minimum, but only if 5332 with no other cards. So this is at best on the club finesse and could be worse.

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