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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.

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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.

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More personal disclosure than I have ever done. Weird.

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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?
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
Hypothesis so wrong....
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
Pard uses honor loser count -- so yes. EDIT: That's AKQ honor count, so each above = 3 losers.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
Anyone up for some sim help? I'm floating the hypothesis that there are very few if any 11-count 4432 7 loser hands and that the 7-loser 11-count requires a 5cd suit. Also, a canonical 7-loser 11-count will contain at least 1 1/2 QTs. Hah!
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
Pard has refined his talking points: Won't open 8+ loser hands. Which in this context, I suppose, means the 11 count 1 has to include a 5cd minor. OTOH, AKxx Axxx xx xxx is 8 losers, and I open it all day: Thank you Edgar.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
I'm not dumping this guy. I'm gonna learn this style, and let him take all the blame for its failures. That's more than just, isn't it?
ATB: Wrong red suit?
Is 4 by N after S's 3 just a torture bid or does it suggest a major suit?
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