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Scott Needham
Scott Needham
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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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1!C balanced or !Cs with transfer responses, 1!D unbalanced
or 4x1....
1!C balanced or !Cs with transfer responses, 1!D unbalanced
Thanks to all, these perspectives have eased the way. Just FWIW, I had seen one scheme that opens 1D on (4-1)=3=5. Mush.
1!C balanced or !Cs with transfer responses, 1!D unbalanced
I've read some structures in which 1 virtually promises 9+ cards in the minors or 6+. So some people apparently play that 1 can be unbalanced with 5+ , implying (3-1)=4=5 also opens 1.
1!C balanced or !Cs with transfer responses, 1!D unbalanced
Nope, got that; 1 stuff is the simplest part of the structure, right? It's more to do with what hands go into 1D -- I've seen differing approaches -- and how to untangle them. Response structures seem unintuitive. And your link leaves something dangling: 3.1.2 Opener’s ...
Mini & Weak No Trump
Learned playing K-S, and still advocate the lessons learned about driving minor suit auctions. Playing WNT, it is important to realize that responder knows more about the deal, and where it should play, than anyone else at the table. One of the strongest features of the WNT is the immediate ...
4!C (4!D over 3!C) as ace asking after a preempt, teaching this to serious aft duplicate club players, good idea or not ?
We use the 4 ask as a suit quality, rather than keycard, ask. The rationale is that partner will hold fewer hands with an outside A, except, maybe, with a weak 2, and we are more often interested in the quality of the preempt suit. Perhaps this is a ...
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.

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