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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
April 18
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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In the Well: Jose Damiani
IIRC, there have also been situations where Israel was paired against an Arab team in the first round of an event, but one of the teams was sadly delayed due to unforeseen travel issues and the match had to be cancelled.
Unusual NT or Not
#1 seems well described by a 1 overcall. I may bid my clubs if it seems suitable later. #2 could be a heart overcall. The side 5-bagger compensates for the marginal HCP. #3 seems misdirected to bid my second-best suit and silly to pass, so I will bid 2NT ...
Another idea to improve system compliance
With regard to a filter on buying entries, there is a big practical difference between one card and no cards. Also, the suggestion has been raised earlier here and it was pointed out that this is a problem for pick-up partnerships. I suggest not changing rules or COC, but simply ...
South wanted to play in North's minor at the three level. That's why he asked. We don't know what 3 would have been. I usually play that 3 is competitive only and 2NT shows possible greater designs opposite a good hand, but obviously that was ...
Having an adolescent son, I can confirm it could go either way.
Billy Rosen Hand
I assume the contract was 4. The diagram leaves off as a partscore.
Vanderbilt Hand 315: 5!D
David B: Your quote was "I am being inundated with people telling me he could have made, and can still make - I'll tell you what, I'll bet each of you $100." This was after declarer had ruffed and played K, J, when it was indeed no longer possible ...
Vanderbilt Hand 315: 5!D
I was surprised at that also, but suspect that it may have been because it is a claim with 2-2 trumps but there are still things that can go wrong when they are 3-1 even if you guess trumps.
Alan Frank's bidding problem: 52 KQ76 Q543 Q98
This came from a Kit's Korner column at He advocated 1 and I was wondering if that was a mainstream opinion and whether I was out in left field with a 1NT call as a way to show values without overstating the ...
YBTJ Missed Slam
There are no voting buttons, but I go for equally responsible. North should bid 3 or on the actual auction, South should bid 4.

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