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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
10 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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Zonal Governance Proposals
Not sure how I feel about weighting, but if we were going to do it, I'd weight by something like "number of months out of the last 36 in which the member has played at least one ACBL session, plus one." The idea is to give all regular participants ...
Zonal Governance Proposals
Rather than seeking experts in law, marketing, or software design on the BOD, we should seek people with experience working with lawyers, marketers, and software people. People who know how to pick the most appropriate professionals and to be able to tell whether their proposals are legit or BS.
Zonal Governance Proposals
Maintaining membership is valuable for financial reasons. Even if my wife (who hates the game since being forced to play by and with her parents) joined, that would help the league.
Alan Frank's bidding problem: x Tx K9xxx KQTxx
Robin, not sure I agree. If I bid 5 and then the opps bid 5, I think you will lead a diamond for +100.
ATB: Diving to disaster
I give South some of the blame for not doubling 6 out of turn to bar partner.
ATB: Diving to disaster
Tomasz, agree in direct position, but in pass-out, you can defend by passing, so double should be Lightner.
ATB: Diving to disaster
In the modern age, sometimes preemptors bid again, but as Richard says, not with one less trump and one more ace than you might have had. With KQxxxxx - Jxxxx xx, I would be much more tolerant of a 6 call.
Down Under Coup
I think we should get this punster on retainer.
Two Nice Plays (fictional)
Especially with West having more clubs than East.
What do you call ♠AQJ764 ♥8 ♦AQT432 ♣- ?
If the spade hook is off, you could take only eight tricks in hearts even with normal breaks, while 4 will almost always make because of the solid hearts. Not sure if this is a Vondrachek.

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