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Scott Needham
Scott Needham
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Member Since
Oct. 8, 2010
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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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Serious 3NT question
If not playing the "mini" splinter here, I'm with you: There is need for a structure choice if you wish to be able to put both raise hand-types into 3M, and to make a specific ask so as not to rely entirely upon control cues. If, however, playing the ...
Serious 3NT question
Yes. So why not show the short immediately?
Serious 3NT question
I prefer to show the shortness as inv+ splinter (good13-14 HCP and short); now 3M is balanced, so 3S is a S/F3NT call, however you play it.
What is the goal of showing a good/bad suit after Ogust ?
Worst "good suit" is KJTxxx. Gotta have the K or A to qualify.
1NT-2!S = !C/range ask
Just as I play 5cd major Stayman.
1NT-2!S = !C/range ask
TY, will look carefully at the discussion.
1NT-2!S = !C/range ask
I'm down with not disclosing O's majors--which is why I like 5cd Major Stayman, so, OK, the 2-may-or-may not loses here. But I'd like to acquire a reasonable method to preserve the options on your #2 on R's hands-- 1N-2/reply-3X = short, real ...
1NT-2!S = !C/range ask
OK, I'll bite: LIPS?
TURBO, perhaps the most undervalued convention in bridge.
In this context (F-N, poor example), perhaps the convention is misnamed. Turbot?
FP after neg free bid jumps VS regular 2/1 in comp.
We play the jump is an IJS hand in NFB auctions.

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