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Scott Needham
Scott Needham
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Oct. 8, 2010
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about me

Grew up in Kansas, and left as soon as was polite for schooling in LA. Thought I wanted to be a scientist. Huh.


Learned K-S in college and played a bit at the old Wild Whist in Westwood. Then I moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 1978 and took the next 30 years off (with only sporadic club experience in the Denver area). Started playing regularly again in Boulder, Colorado, and played my first sectional and regional tournaments. Learned to love Bracket 2/3 KOs. Favorite tournament: Palm Springs. Much prefer 10 & 3 schedules. Worst bridge characteristic: Black Hole Moments when I leave the planet and do really stupid stuff, usually when declaring. 


Former scuba diver, beach bum, general laborer, rocknroll bum/writer, ski bum, carpenter, bartender and tax lien investment fund manager. Currently, reformed (retired) lawyer, orphan, very happy husband, parental unit and grandfather. (Some have asked: The picture is a much earlier incarnation. Though he lurks close beneath the surface....)


More personal disclosure than I have ever done. Weird.

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Off the rails again
David: I also prefer XYZ in 1/1/1 auctions. On the OP auction, I agree that 3 could show game values, 3-card and no H stopper. But if you do use 4thSGF, then jump to 4, doesn't this signal slam interest with 4-card support?
Off the rails again
Steve: Mine would've been 1-1/1-2/3-3/ etc I wouldn't use 1 with the West hand simply b/c we use Walsh stuff. Also, maybe we should be patterning out, but we don't. Benoit: Why? Don't see the problem.
Off the rails again
Three hours and no one has mentioned XYZ...
Minorwood or Redwood?
General rules coincide with Myerson's, but this auction might should qualify as one of the exceptions I have found useful. E.g., 1m-1M/3m-4m, 1N-2/3-4 (2 = suit). ("might should" = if you're from south of the Mason-Dixon, no grammatical problem.)
Yet another not-accurate-enough post. Sorry. When I try copy-paste of a pure text file, none of the formatting is preserved, tab stops, word/line wraps, that kind of thing. Everything left justifies. It is virtually impossible to achieve the original's outline block format: A. THIS 1. Here is a ...
How do you bid this hand ?
I assume that the traditional value call of 3 was not available at opener's 2nd turn b/c you play that this shows a solid suit? This particular gadget has gotten in my way a couple of times. Also, one can't really put too many hands into ...
NMF or XYZee?
Bud: 4 or 5: 1-1/1 (denies 4, denies only 3)-2/2-3/? Now: 3 (=3)? 3? 3N? 4,5? 6: 1-1/1-2/2-3/? Now: 3? 3N? (responder can ...
NMF or XYZee?
IMHO, one of the YUGEST benefits to XYZ is the ability to 'recover' the strong jump shift, and to do so in a way that distinguishes pure holdings from merely strong ones. So: AKJxx x AQJxx xx: respond at the one level, then jump. AJxxx A Axxxx Qx: respond at ...
NMF or XYZee?
I like all of responder's not2NT jump rebids to be slammish and pure. All.
NMF or XYZee?
For me the choice comes down to this: Playing 2-Way (has anyone mentioned the possibility that 1X-1Y/1M could initiate 2-Way also?) allows opener to describe his major holdings, which I like, but it means that the jump-to-2N relay to 3 has to be used for weak 4M-6 ...

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