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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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Web Movement?
Bud: Yes, they do. It sucks IMHO.
A point of curiosity
David, here and on Moese's thread you have confirmed that you have observed a shift -- can you quantify your observations re: change across the last 10 years or so?
A point of curiosity
I've lost the link to the WBF convention cards information. Here is a list from 2018 USBF competitors: 2/1: Milner-Lall, Bathhurst-Lall, Mahmood-Pszczola, Rosenthal-Silverstein, Hamman-Berkowitz, Willenken-Ginossar, Harris-Morgan, Botzum-Harris-Botzum, Nickell-Katz, Levin-Weinstein, Ozdil-Glubok, Casen-Krekorian, Sokolow-Seaman-Molson, Sanborns, Palmer-Shhi, Strong C: Granovetters, Meckwell UPDATED FROM ALL IN ROUND OF 8: 2/1: Fleisher-Martel ...
ATB - duplication
I just received Woolsey's "The Language of Bridge." While skimming, I seemed to notice that he advocates LT in game try auctions also. Maybe another post, later.
ATB - duplication
Our opps got to 6 also; I bet most in this (sectional) field did as well. Hard to resist the lure of a 10 card fit; the duplication will not be discovered by 99% of p'ships. But I think S erred: 1N-2/2-4/4 ...
Web Movement?
2) If players/directors screw up the movement, can be very difficult/impossible to correct. Our web games are preceded by at least two repetitions of this announcement: "N players, remember that you are responsible to ensure that you are playing the boards and opponents displayed on your BridgeMates."
Can systems be too well defined?
Use conventions, as said above, that solve real problems. Don't forget that no one who understands a convention uses it haphazardly: Conventions require judgment too.
Web Movement?
In our club, we play webs whenever possible--but we rarely have more than 17 tables, consequently need only two board sets. Another club in our area is beginning to experiment with webs, but on any given day they may have 19, 21 or 23 tables, so three board sets are ...
Kickback Konfusion
Pick your rule. Mine is that the KB suit is always the KB suit unless that suit has been bid naturally, twice.
Combined Bergen Raises
Take the push to Compressed Bergen: it's so much fun, when someone asks after the 1M-2N alert, to say that it shows 4+ M and 0+ HCP.

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