Alan Caplan

Alan Caplan is a computer professional (M.S. (Eng. M.gmt.) who teaches English for his sins and plays and teaches Bridge passionately. He is a confirmed non-expert.

This time Alan recounts a side competition at the quarterfinal match of the Crime Writers Association annual knockout teams’ tournament. This match, between the star-studded pairs across the eight tables, was won by actor Robert Mitchum and sleuth Philip Marlowe of the Raymond Chandler team.

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Farewell, My Lovely
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 172
 

Alan Caplan explains what actually constitutes a bad break in bridge and how to make a trump coup. He says that in Bridge, like life, you get good breaks and bad breaks. Winners take advantage of the former and overcome the latter wherever possible.

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Bad Breaks and Percentages
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 169
 

Alan makes helpful suggestions of how to handle the bidding where a slam is by no means certain with a combined partnership holding of between 30 and 32 HCP. The art here is to treat the hands like two parts of a jigsaw puzzle and, through judicious bidding, explore how well they fit together.

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Bids and Pieces
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 176
 

An interesting article by our in–house, “non-expert” passionate bridge teacher Alan Caplan - How to play out a trump contract.

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To draw or not to draw? Playing trumps wisely…
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 162
 

The semifinals of the Crime Writers’ Association annual knockout teams tournament provided all the razzle-dazzle and top-notch bridge the fans had come to expect from the star-studded field.

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THE LAST LAUGH
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 174
 

Counting on Inference

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COUNTING ON INFERENCE
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 157
 

Hey, what have we here! Miss Marple vs. Robert Mitchum, Agatha Christie against Mickey Spillane. Other players include Lauren Bacall, Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe and, of course, Hercule Poirot. Thrilling matches, well described and annotated – but to truly appreciate all this you must know a game called bridge.

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Justice Is Done
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 175
 

Expectations ran high ahead of the semifinals of the Crime Writers Association annual knockout team tournament and the fans were not to be disappointed. Alan Caplan describes the exciting competition.

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Out with the Falcon
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 173
 

The article discusses the importance of order in play, of timing, of relying on our wits to guide us from the opening trick to a successful conclusion.

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The Order of Things
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 168
 

In his article where he gives examples, Alan Caplan gives two general guiding principles: Avoid using the 2NT response bid showing support with a hand containing a singleton and avoid using limit bids – limit raises or NT - when there are good alternatives.

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WHEN LIMIT RAISES WONT DO THE TRICK
Category: Leisure
Issue No. 160
 
 
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