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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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Against suits, playing 3rd from even, low from odd,
I'm beginning to suspect that the rationale for this treatment is that it makes life easier on partner to determine whether the lead is from 3 or 5. I don't see the problem, and would rather use Marshall Miles' suggestion (probably others' too) that low from odd allows ...
Against suits, playing 3rd from even, low from odd,
I've limited the question to suit contracts.
Against suits, playing 3rd from even, low from odd,
it always adds to 15.
What is does this 2NT show?
By coincidence, I just read an article "Competing Over Two Spades" in the new TBW. The author proposes that Advancer's X indicates 4cd , after which Intervenor's 3/4 are to play, while 2N (asking for a minor) followed by 3 is invitational. With 3cd ...
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
Some of my Bigers raised the objection that this forces them to determine who is who. Sometimes obvious, sometimes not, I suppose.
Too stringent with the announcements/alerts?
Technically, correct. Luckily, I am the manager.
You Be the Coach - Part I
Paul: Yes, I learned to play with K-S. But I also like to play jumps as inv+ splinters. (1m-1X/1M is F1 also.)
You Be the Coach - Part II (And please ignore the earlier one; I don't want ranked answers!)
Since I'm lucky to be able to call 2 F1, and 2 can be Axxxx in S and out up to a crappy 10 count, I have to show strength now. 2 should be a pattern-out, but the hand may play 5 and not 3N ...
You Be the Coach - Part I
I get to call 2, systemically F1. I feel lucky.
Suit Quality for 1C-1S-4C (forcing Spade raise)
It seems to me that, especially when M = and m = , the best use of this space-eater is as some kind of picture bid rather than a loose quantitative kind of thing that says "I have 4M and 6m and game values." You just have to decide what kind ...

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