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Scott Needham
Scott Needham
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Member Since
Oct. 8, 2010
Last Seen
17 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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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2d response to opening strong artificial 2C
2 here used to be called "semi-automatic."
How should this be bid ?
I'd end up in 4NT: 1-1/2 (1RF)-3/4 (minorwood)-4/4NT. In general, hate these large 4x1s; like to have a dedicated opening for them.
The Heitzman 2!c (bad name)
Welland-Auken: 2C-2D (bust transfer to H if opener is 18-19, or normal and Kokish is on)/2H = Hs, GF or 18-19 balanced. Absent tweaks, you pay off to opener's Hs, GF, in probably most, but not all, layouts. I've been playing around with this, and I think it ...
Welland-Auken System
Renders a blank page for me....but d/ls a word file if you choose "Save file."
I broke my own rule today
AHA! Clever indeed! I deduce the offending player is named Albert Hall....
More exploration of "Comparable Call" ("CC")
HJ & BH: Comparable strength didn't really enter into it, but auctions did. IOW, if it could be a 2 call in both the actual auction and the unopposed auction, I thought, why not a CC? There are arguments along this line in another thread. Plus, I really didn ...
More exploration of "Comparable Call" ("CC")
BH: I appreciate this and other responses (and separate posts) providing criteria. Or conclusions as to criteria. Note that this response illustrates how much inquiry as to agreements a director will need to do to determine "comparability" in even simpler cases.
More exploration of "Comparable Call" ("CC")
BM: right you are, but how do you parse the hands that might've bid 1NTF in an unopposed auction, but might've bid 2 after the 2 overcall? Is it enough simply to say: you can't bid 2 after the o/c if you would ...
More exploration of "Comparable Call" ("CC")
AS: Your statement is undoubtedly true. If you understand the distinguishing criterion, I'd sure like to read it. The examples I've seen are relatively trivial.
More exploration of "Comparable Call" ("CC")
AS: Your statement is undoubtedly true, but perhaps you will give me a distinguishing statement?

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