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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
Nov. 16
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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ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Apportion the Blame
I would say that 6 is the worst bid, but not the most costly. Going -100 in 5 is already a loss of 14 IMPs. Upping that to -500 cost only two more.
BOD Restructure Vote
Or, "The best result possible, rather than the best possible result." Especially when you've been preempted.
A Series of Polls (Part 1)
West might have a weakish hand and good hearts, in which case he can rebid 3, or a flattish hand with modest values, where he can raise to 3. Any hand which is embarrassed by the force probably should have kept its mouth shut over 2.
Is it a demand or a suggestion?
If partner can make 6 with this dummy, he would have opened 2 (ruling out hands inconsistent with the 5 call). So although partner probably thinks he is just asking about spade control, my job is to do my part to get us to the right contract ...
1!c-(1!d)-1M promises four or more in the bid major, right?
Over 11 (a difficult call to make with bidding boxes), 1M is insufficient.
Missed Game; Missed Slam
Not with this hand, but with KJTxx xx Kxxx Ax.
Play in 6NT
@David, agree, but can't you actually cash both A and J?
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: T96 AT KT54 QT64
@Steve: if you do that, I think it is an improvement to play an opening 2NT as 22-23, 2-2-2NT as 24+, and 2-2-2-2-2NT as 20-21. This makes the lebensohlish escape available when it is most likely to be useful.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: T96 AT KT54 QT64
If you add a major suit spot card to make a legal hand, 5 is still an okay spot and even six is playable.
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: T96 AT KT54 QT64
Has anyone computed (a) how often these things come up, (b) how many milli-IMPs/board the interchange gains, and (c) how much more useful stuff you can remember by not playing this? You can already get two levels of strong 2 by playing 2->2->3 ...

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