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Scott Needham
Scott Needham
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Member Since
Oct. 8, 2010
Last Seen
6 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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Directors Ruling
The meaning of the 3 call, if playing Flannery, probably depends upon the range for the Flan call. Some play it,e.g., 11-16,17.
How would you rule: BIT problem.
North's hand: KQJTxx=Q=QJxxx=x In the real world, Lehman's second post is right on: The South player fits the "I had 16 points and a singleton, I'm never doubling, I was going to reverse, so I'm still going to reverse to show my hand ...
When Stayman Gets Doubled
David, I rolled out a Lee X against Newlins not that long ago. As he XXed, Cal looked at me and said "this hasn't come up in years." He was still smiling 1400 later.
Jumps in comp
2 rebid by West over 1!NT (sandwichish)
Jumps in comp
Second auction, opener declined 2.
A "TYP" Bid
Ever practical. EDIT: True that the splinter classically includes a control, but sometimes.... So it does seem that, in order to be offering partner the slam choice, and in order to allow for the vagaries of hand evaluation, 5 should in most p'ships show a control.
Is that alertable?
Unresponsive, your honor. At some point we get asymptotic: The argument that bypassing the major to rebid 1N requires an alert becomes the argument that the failure to rebid 1 is some sort of deviation from the rules of "bridge." That's weird; outlaws judgment in this case. OTOH ...
Is that alertable?
We would announce, at the close of this auction, that Declarer may hold 4 on this bidding.
ATB - Missed Slam
See John Swanson's "Fit Bids Give Me Fits." Or something close to that....
ATB - Missed Slam
I don't like this situation, but 1♠-(2♦)-2♥-(P) 3-(P)-4♠? Not bad; asks O to make a move.... 1♠-(2♦)-2♥-(P) 3-(P)-3-(P) 3N -(P)-4S? Does bypassing 3N to bid 4 suggest a GOOD hand opposite what could ...

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