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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
4 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.

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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Combine Approaches
I am wondering about your system over 1NT 2. I would have expected 2NT with a *max* and both majors so you can get out in 2M opposite a minimum.
West might have thought that East didn't double for fear of pushing the opponents to 6NT and with an expectation that West would find the ruff anyway. But I agree, no harm in leading the A just in case, especially as South has denied the K.
The Language of Bridge by Kit Woolsey
IANAL, but yes. Assuming the number is modest, it will be under the duty-free limit (provided he is not also bringing back a case of wine, pricy art, etc.). He may also be stuck paying both sales tax in the U.S. and VAT when they are resold in the ...
A Hand History In Memorial Of My Father
It would have been truly inspired of East to double 2.
Robot meltdown
Peter, I think he means he would pass as East at his second turn.
Announcement Clarificaton, Please
Even worse, suppose I play a 10-11 notrump, where 1-1M-1NT shows 12-14 and 1-1M-1NT is 15-17. Now we can get 1 "Could be short" 1 2. This shows 5+ diamonds and 4+ clubs. In Precision, the identical auction with the same announcement shows something different.
responding to 1NT overcall
What about when the opening bid is a major? Now that opener is less likely to have a side four-bagger, how about 2m shows a five-card suit with exactly four spades?
2C Responses - a new method.
Opponents in second seat are no differently placed with this system than against a pair playing natural responses, but I agree that it encourages preemption in fourth seat. Consider Jxx AKQxx AK Axx opposite KQTxxx xx x Qxxx. A standard pair might bid 2 (P) 2 (4 ...
Is it time for 1 & 7 PM NABC start times (the critical 30 minutes earlier start)
This comment suggests (to me) an additional benefit of the OP. When the Spingerbilt is on VG, players in non-screen events can finish their evening session and watch the last boards of the main event.
proofredaers wanted!
The full list of theme entries is pretty funny.

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