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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
14 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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Lightner not alerted - adjust?
@MR & MH: I certainly agree that "penalty" is an inadequate explanation, if asked, for a Lightner double. I was commenting on the OP.
Properly explaining a transfer accept
It has significant information content, as it is distinguishing a very weak notrump from a strong hand.
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Yup. If I can have to BRQ's, it's no longer as much of an elite event.
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
The problem with requiring 70% on a five-handed team is that some such teams have an anchor pair and everyone else plays about 2/3 of the boards. I would set the limit to 200 boards (ten Swiss matches of 8 boards plus eight KO sessions of 15 boards).
Lightner not alerted - adjust?
I abstained on the first part, as it depends on the RA. However, I would not adjust regardless, as players should be expected to know about Lightner doubles.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
On the second board, I think it is South's fault, as he has substantial extras where North has a minimum, albeit a good one. I wonder what would have happened after 1 1NT 3* (artificial GF, various hands including 5=4=x=x and +) 3 ...
Spots Matter
Depends on house rules. Often played that at the game or slam level you can do it.
Spots Matter
The auction diagrams starting on page 6 incorrectly show a 5 RKC bid, rather than the actual 4.
-140 Esoteric
See for more trivia about the number.
Memphis Report from BOD Member, District 17
FWIW, I would like to see committee proposals having to be ratified by the full Senate. It is too easy for a small group to suffer from collective blindness. Also, the need for ratification reduces the stress about exactly what the committee is charged with and who the members are ...

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