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Randy Thompson
Randy Thompson
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Member Since
May 24, 2012
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired attorney. Avid golfer (though only shoot in low 90's/high 80's) and bicyclist (over 4,000 miles each year from 2010 to 2018).

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, 3d/4th in 0-6000 KOs in 2018, 5th/8th in 3 other limited NABC KOs, several regional wins and deep places in national events.
Regular Bridge Partners
Barry Spector, Neil Hunter, Ben Franz
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Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
Michael: If partner is 3-3-2-5, shouldn't you be playing in the major partner prefers (probably spades, so he can declare)?
Junk Stayman with 4-4 Majors
If playing a weak NT (anything weaker than 14-16), I think it is right to JS on all 4, especially at matchpoints. I voted 1-3 only in the 15-17 at IMPs context. The biggest hole in weak NT methods is when it goes 1N all pass, cold for 110 or ...
2!D opening
David: "a regular weak 2♦; which can often be opened 3♦ anyway" That's also my solution to not having a weak 2 available when playing Meckwell Lite! But, it only solves the 6-card weak two problem; the 5-card weak two has to use the cursed green card or ...
2!D opening
WAY too specific of a description of a weak two. Just say "weak two" and don't impose a length or HCP straight jacket on it, especially since both can vary quite a bit based on seat, vulnerability and partner's preferences. I abstained because I would never play a ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
Chris: Our experience was that the women saw two young men and decided to bid (as the drill sergeants used to say in basic training) "like they had a pair." We collected one 800 after another and never had to do more than occupy our chairs and double now and ...
Failure to announce
and the first two are mutually exclusive.
Keycard Responses to 2NT
We use the same one-suited slam tries (4X is two-under slam try). That eliminates all issues of strain and leaves only level to be decided. Opener has 3 degrees of interest in the slam. With no interest at all, he bids the trump suit. With maximum interest, he bids 4N ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
Max: I like your suggestion a LOT and see virtually no downside to it. I have yet to lie on a KO entry, not due to fear of repercussions, but rather just a general reluctance to lie. I think if you lied the "wrong way" to get into a weaker ...
Playing up in KO's - what am I missing?
At a nationals, when we asked the director to move up in a regional KO, he said it wasn't allowed, but then he said, ever so carefully, "but, you should know that we NEVER check the total master points that you list on your entry form."
UI or not?
Whichever one is wrong is disallowed -- a modern problem where the answer is "if it huddles, shoot it."
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