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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.


More personal disclosure than I have ever done. Weird.

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How should this be bid.
How should this be bid.
If its just natural aftr the positive/waiting 2, no Kokish, what's wrong with 3 after 3, and 4 after 3? Then 4-4N/4 keys-Q ask/6 pass? W doesn't know E is 5-5; E could overbid.
Do you play your 2!D opening as a weak 2?
Big, bal; GF with ; then throw in a big 4x1 for good measure
Open San Francisco Discussion Thread
Waxing nostalgic for Vanessi"s
Muppet Stayman and Bidding Major 5-5s
This is SI. 3N by opener might mean 2-2 majors or 3=2 majors. In either case, responder's 4m shows the hand. Now, 4N by opener is offer to play, 4M sets trumps. In eithr case, responder can move. Yes, responder will play any contract--not at all bad ...
Muppet Stayman and Bidding Major 5-5s
The Buzzard: 2N-3/3-3: up to now its normally 5-4. Usual rebid here is 3N, 4 or 4 (maybe you play 4m as a cue for ). Any fit-showing bid is super duper, but over 3N, responder bids 4m stiff to show the ...
Permissible enquiry?
Really? Because I generally have no idea what other considerations might inform the choice....Maybe I should've added "No other discernible tendencies." See Hank Meyer's, below.
Permissible enquiry?
Seems like the proper stock answer would be something like "Partner will look at his/her hand in light of his/her interpretation of the auction and decide whether to lead actively or passively. 'Passive' might include leading from a J, while 'active' would usually include leading from shortness or ...
Continuations after Minorwood
4N and 5m are always intended to play. Q ask is the next non-4N,5m call, here 5.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
We allow 2M openers on 5cds. What's wrong with opening all less than Rule of 22 mitts with 2M -- even more preemptive -- and maintaining some defensive standards for the 1M openers?

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