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Alan Frank
Alan Frank
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Basic Information

Member Since
Aug. 27, 2011
Last Seen
6 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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Dealing Cards
Regarding John D'Errico's last comment, this is true for any of the multi-pile approaches.
Unauthorized Information - when do you need to pass and when can you bid?
I don't think it's a matter of strength--you've already decided you have a minimum. To bid again in a competitive auction, you should have more shape. I don't think passing is an LA with a six-card suit or a side five-card suit. With 5-4-3-1, maybe you ...
BW 2/1: Splinters Into Opener's Suit
I went with the last choice. I think it shows good holdings in both suits and either weakness in the other two suits or enough strength to keep going after partner's signoff. I consider "slammish" a mild overbid.
Dealing Cards
It was my understanding that WNESSENW... was illegal even before the most recent laws, which is why people followed Cornelia's approach. I wonder what the mathematical effect would be of dealing into eight piles in rotation, then combine 1+6, 2+5, 3+8, and 4+7.
Conflict of Interest
Mike, I assume you are referring to a President who uses his office to direct official business to his companies.
Alan Frank's bidding problem: 98642 2 84 AQT83
Yes, that.
Frivolous Appeals
I wasn't thinking of #7 as a matter of law; see the claim example in my earlier reply.
Strike Gold
I agree that East should have helped partner by playing the 10 to deny the jack, but if he held AT75 he'd still need to lead a low one so that partner can continue the suit with KJx. And with A975 he can either lead the 9 or, as ...
Greg Humphreys's bidding problem: AQT Qxx AQTx Kxx
I would bid 6 rather than 5NT because I want to be declarer.
Best line for this grand?
Sorry, I was thinking of five hearts being outstanding, not four.

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