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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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Gazilli feedback from those who have played it
IIRC, Lauria developed Gazz to combat the preempted 1 auctions: Now responder knows opener's suit immediately.
ATB: What does 2N show?
2 would be Flan. When playing weak 2, this p'ship would not open 2 with a side major.
ATB: What does 2N show?
I hate 2 also, but it is clear in this p'ship that 2 is not forcing, and might be based on a weakish hand (usually constructive values), but with no support.
ATB - level lost in strain debate
SM: Change the 2s: You don't like your strip and end play?
ATB - level lost in strain debate
I agree that, after 1N-(3)-3, opener's 3 is not a control until s/he bypasses 3N. But it seems to me that DC's 4 would be taken as a Bluhmer by many rather than a concentration-showing fit jumpish kind of thing. Also ...
ATB - Reisinger Semi-Final 1
S could've rebid 3, but 2 doesn't suck. N owes a 2N call, after which S should call 4.
ATB - level lost in strain debate
Then it seems to me that 3 must be a "Serious" 3, after which 3 should be a cue for .
ATB - level lost in strain debate
What's a X after 3?
Playing Negative Free Bids, what is proper alerting procedure after partner's negative double?
'Nuff said. I too have been told by TDs not to alert the NegX. I too wonder about the point made by John Adams, above. I'm emailing ACBL Rulings.
Playing Negative Free Bids, what is proper alerting procedure after partner's negative double?
I think most agree that the standard NegX can be a big hand. Also that standard NegXs don't include GF values with 5+ suits. Hence the question. But I do wonder about the inverse, the standard NegX hand that includes, say, 6 with 9 HCP and results in ...

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