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Randy Thompson
Randy Thompson
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 24, 2012
Last Seen
15 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired attorney. Avid golfer (though only shoot in mid-to-high 80's) and bicyclist (over 4,000 miles each year from 2010 to 2017).

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
When we made the Vanderbilt round of 16 and walked into the room, we saw people whose faces we had seen on magazines, whose books and articles we had studied. My wife turned to me and said, "this is like an IQ test -- which object is out of place in this group?" Obviously, that was us.
Bridge Accomplishments
9th/16th in 1983 Vanderbilt, First in 2013 NABC Bruce LM-5000 Pairs, 9th in 2001 NABC IMP Pairs, 6th in 0-10K NABC Pairs in 2016, 5th/8th in 0-10K KOs in 2014, 5th/8th in 2009 and 2010 0-5000 Spingold, several regional wins and deep places in national events
Regular Bridge Partners
Barry Spector, Neil Hunter, John Erickson
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ACBL Ranking
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The difference between winning and success;
Thx for the link! Wooden's approach applies to all competitive activities and reminds me of a saying that I've always liked: "Anything worth doing is worth doing mediocrely." Easy to work hard at something where you excel; much harder to work hard at something where you have limited ...
EBL will disallow Fantoni and Nunes
That's a way to identify folks with no ethics at all. No client should hire him; no pro should play with or on a team with him. If they do? Publish their names here and in every organization's publications.
Range for Responder’s Splinter
I play 1M-3OM as a limited, omnibus, singleton-showing splinter and 1M-4m or 1-4 as limited, void-showing splinters (1-3 might be either a void or stiff if the shortness is in spades). The cutoff isn't based on point count (although the 3OM splinters usually have about ...
Defining a "Good Suit"
My answer isn't a possible choice: two of top three honors OR AJTxx or better.
CAS Decision on Fantoni and Nunes Maybe everyone should get out of the IOC and this Arbitration court. They seem to have an affinity for cheaters.
If you knew you had revoked, you likely would not have revoked.
"3rd seat could of course be weaker." Hmm, there you have it. In that case, pass starts to; look better with the west hand and I'd put it at 50-50 instead of mostly East. Actually, maybe 1/3 each and 1/3 bad luck.
Cheapest bid (here 2♠︎) when you don't like your choices is usually best. 3♦︎ might have worked (just move the "loose deuce" of clubs to the diamond suit). 2N is surely better than 3♦︎ because you could always get to 3♦︎ if pard bids 3♣︎. I prefer that pard ...
Systems on?
Partner didn't want to (or would be unable to) bid over 2 if the bid were made sufficient. I think the way that system would be on would be whatever you play over 2 overcalls, only a level lower. Double for take-out, suits are natural or transfers ...
Best Use of 2 Diamond Opening
IMO, the most under-appreciated bid in bridge is a weak 2. Shape doublers are confounded when they lack support for one of the majors. Many horrendous decisions are made over a weak 2.
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