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Alan Frank
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Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
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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
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Favorite Conventions
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ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Alan Frank's bidding problem: 8 4 QJT9732 T754
I bid 1NT on a hand like this once, but had K instead of Q. Partner had a reasonable hand with A and raised to game, which proved unbeatable when the suit ran.
A Beautiful Hand
Things would get really ugly for West if South had (the equally carefully constructed) ATx AKQJx Ax xxx.
Way to Recover
Another advantage to having 1 always be a true negative is that opener can pass, as Kit illustrated in a column probably a couple of years ago. I think he had something like a 2=1=6=4 fifteen count.
Way to Recover
And even if Kit didn't say that explicitly, the bidding is clearly from his partnership's perspective.
With a weak hand, where I am happy to hear partner pass, I would bid my stronger minor. This is a big win opposite hands like 22222=Ax=Jxx=Jxx.
Apologies to partner
5 still has good chances even with the A offside--maybe opening leader has the A, maybe he cashes the A, or maybe the defense tries to cash two diamonds.
Bad Judgment or Bad Luck?
I wonder what North would have done over 2 by South. (I would pass in that situation.)
Super-accepting after 1NT opener
At the cost of memory strain and potential lead-directing doubles and shape leakage on some sequences, this seems to cover pretty much anything you would want to do after a one-way 2NT SA: 1NT 2 2NT ..3 Do you have a doubleton club? .....3 No (then 3 ...
Reasons For Results
Thanks. So five tables did not bid the heart game. Nothing you can do about those. And three tables made exactly 4. That seems a bit difficult, as you will nearly always get a ruff to set the contract on a spade lead and a pitch to make five ...
Misplay this hand with Me (with apologies to Mark Horton)
The chance of either singleton is not equal, as there are four diamonds out but five hearts. Assuming exactly five spades and barring any other inferences, this gives him a 66% chance of a stiff diamond, given that he has some singleton, and therefore a 20% chance in total of ...

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