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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.

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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. 

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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....)

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More personal disclosure than I have ever done. Weird.

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The Best Bridge Writer Poll
Interesting. Reese votes would seem to represent emphasis on play, while Lawrence votes would seem to represent emphasis on bidding. Am I wrong?
BW 2/1: What is 2/1?
"It's also a lot closer to GF than 1♦-2♣ is...." True dat. My least favorite thing about K-S.
BW 2/1: What is 2/1?
When I'm playing WNTs, and someone asks, I say "WNT 2/1, with lots of gadgets." Systemic refinements aside, I'm fairly certain that for the vast majority of the folks at whom these polls are aimed, "2/1" means that 1M-2lower is game forcing.
BW 2/1: What is 2/1?
Except in K-S, 1-2 is not GF.
BW 2/1: After 1!d-2!c
I still tout the Walsh-Lawrence style: NT by either partner to show cards in unbid majors, and 2/3major by either partner to show 4 cards (until the auction has denied a 4cd major). So it is helpful, when responder holds xx=KQx=Kxx=AQxxx, and similar, that 2 ...
2NT artificial and forcing over opener's same suit rebid
I seem to remember a treatment called "Godfather 2NT."
ATB missed grand
I need a bid to show 8 in the major....
Bidding problem What is your guess?
Waiting for Yuan and others to sing the "18-19 balanced goes into 2" refrain. And, yes, RFR is a winner on this layout.
ATB - Missed Slam
1-(1)-1-(P ) 2-2N 3-4 4N-5 7 4 = Non-Serious Between the likely pitch(es) and a ruff or two, 13+ tricks seems likely. EDIT: A guy goes to all this trouble to set up a bit of humor -- OK ...
BWS Polls
C'mon Phil, free the cheese! Where is this Google doc of which you speak?
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