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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
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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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Bot Programmer Was Not Always Sober
There is a systemic problem with the bots in that they do not understand the concept of upgrading or otherwise making what a human considers a descriptive bid even if it doesn't precisely match the CC. There was another hand posted recently where the bot made a nullo play ...
How do you rule?
I think that 1NT should have been alerted, and perhaps E-W deserve a procedural penalty for not doing so. But after the 3 bid (which I don't consider alertable), the janitor should be able to figure out what is going on, so I do not believe there is ...
How do you rule?
@Ken: "2 NOT Stayman" is "totally natural," but not "just what it sounds like." It sounds like Stayman. Same goes for Fishbein.
Just a couple of pushes
On the second board, my initial guess was that E-W were -700 in 3NT (which looks like it had a brief chance to happen) and N-S found a safety play in 4* to hold themselves to +690.
Get the Promotion
On page 7, declarer leads to the K, which had been played earlier. Should be the Q.
Test your analysis, COMMON GAME 13 DEC BOARD 5
Single-dummy, I think you do best to win the opening lead in dummy, eliminate the minors, and lead a heart towards your ace. If West is 2=1=5=5, he can either ruff air and give up his side's trump trick or let you win your ace and ...
Greek gift?
Kit's last article ( involves making a slam on misdefense, rather than playing for a nearly identical layout as in this hand. I would not assume that East, regardless of credentials, would have found the play to break up the squeeze after West's ...
Double of a splinter bid
Rosenkranz and Guildenstern are dead, IMHO. I prefer Munson, where (1x) 1y (X) XX shows Kx or Ax of partner's suit. With three, raise. (Says nothing about having stoppards in opponents' suit(s).)
A Request from Ms Manners
I am fine with 1-6, but would discourage people from writing #7 unless you know that the player would be okay with it.
A Request from Ms Manners
I like the ATB threads (and even more, the World Championship books) as a reminder that I don't have a monopoly on taking suboptimal actions.

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