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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
5 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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Do bridge paradoxes exist?
I wonder if you can have nontransitive partnerships as well. For example, Meckwell beat Hamman/Wolff beat Levin/Weinstein beat Meckwell. For context, suppose they are playing a full session at a table, matchpointed against an old, unknown expert pairs set of results.
Develop Tricks
Kit often says that you can recover from being at the wrong level--you might get lucky--but not from being in the wrong suit. So I would have overbid with 4. 4-1 is the same score as 3-1, but has more upside if it makes.
Develop Tricks
With no intention of a final contract other than four of a major, why didn't South bid an immediate 4? In this case, 4 is doomed even with a diamond lead by East, but if you switched the major suit jacks and sevens, it would have a ...
Develop Tricks
After 1NT P 2 P 2 P P, should West will balance with 3? That looks like it will make.
Unfortunate Result
If the !A and !Q are switched, then likely 4 makes and 5 goes down, so I would not criticize any of the N-S actions. If the opponents always go down when you double, you're not doubling enough.
Playing for an overtrick at imps (part 2, read part 1 first)
If I am in a situation where I expect to need every possible IMP, I'll take the finesse. If I don't know the opponents (and thus assume they are weaker than us) and it's a short match, I don't want to lose by finessing.
Aggressive or Hyperaggressive?
Barry, there is no purple XXX card.
Director ruling
That might be fine as a reason to rule 5+2, but I disagree as bidding advice. What if you were looking for cooperation to bid 7?
Better line in slam?
Based on Frances's numbers, start with three diamonds. 37% of the time, the J will fall. If it doesn't, take the spade finesse. This makes 69% as well. If you cash the A first, about 1% of the time you'll drop the king, so maybe a little ...
Auction Whacking
A few years ago, Kit reported a hand where someone had opened 1NT with something like 4=3=3=3 shape. However, it was 4 3 3 3. He later tried to recover with an impossible bid.

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