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Randy Thompson
Randy Thompson
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Member Since
May 24, 2012
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired attorney. Avid golfer (though only shoot in mid-to-high 80's) and bicyclist (over 4,000 miles each year from 2010 to 2017).

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
When we made the Vanderbilt round of 16 and walked into the room, we saw people whose faces we had seen on magazines, whose books and articles we had studied. My wife turned to me and said, "this is like an IQ test -- which object is out of place in this group?" Obviously, that was us.
Bridge Accomplishments
9th/16th in 1983 Vanderbilt, First in 2013 NABC Bruce LM-5000 Pairs, 9th in 2001 NABC IMP Pairs, 6th in 0-10K NABC Pairs in 2016, 3d/4th in 0-6000 KOs in 2018, 5th/8th in 3 other limited NABC KOs, several regional wins and deep places in national events.
Regular Bridge Partners
Barry Spector, Neil Hunter
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What do you make of this?
If you just import the escape procedures from when a weak NT opening is doubled in direct seat to everywhere any size or position 1N is doubled in direct seat, the big NT overcall becomes just as hard to extract a max penalty from as a weak NT. As weak ...
What do you make of this?
All this trashing of the 1N overcall fails to mention that the only sane alternative is to pass. Double with only 2 spades would just beg for trouble this hand and would destroy partner's confidence about future doubles promising support for unbid majors. Which distorts the hand more -- passing ...
What do you make of this?
Pass can (and in my methods does) initiate escapes with a hand that has no long suit. In fact, playing "systems on" we would play here that pass commands me to 1) bid a 5-card suit if I have one; pass if I have some 4-3-3-3 hand; or 3) redouble ...
After the Unusual vs. Unusual Double...
Life is easier if the double of 2N forces us to either double them or bid a game. Pass then double of their minor is penalty w/o forcing game. So, if no one can double 3♥︎ it's very unlikely we can make 3N --if opener had a GOOD ...
1!s or 2!c, Another Scenario
2♣︎ over 1♦︎ intending to rebid spades naturally is "Normal." If you always bid 1M first, then you have to play some way to show this hand. A version of 2-way check back lets you bid 2N with this hand (forcing 3♣︎ with either a weak hand and long clubs ...
Discussing Status of a Swiss or KO Match With Pard During the Match
Wow. Hey, we are behind 25 so we may be more aggressive now! How about Hey, we are up 25 (rub it in) so we may be more conservative now. You want that type of BS at the table, John? I don't.
Discussing Status of a Swiss or KO Match With Pard During the Match
Bob: I found my quote by running a general search on the ACBL website. No idea where it came from. Maybe you can track it down.
Discussing Status of a Swiss or KO Match With Pard During the Match
Law 40B2(a): Both members of a partnership must employ the same system that appears on the convention card. During a session of play, a system may not be varied, except with permission of the tournament Director. (A Director might allow a pair to change a convention but would not ...
Discussing Status of a Swiss or KO Match With Pard During the Match
Maybe not nuts, but probably off base. Think these world class players needed to discuss a board for them both to know it was a bad result and where that put the state of the match? I suppose 11 could have some meaning -- for example if down in a KO ...
Takeout Doubler's Second Bid RHO passes
I double on some single-digit HCP hands with shape, so I answered "queen better than min to double," but that would only get it up to a hand where all but the most conservative would have doubled. If vulnerable, I'd play 2 as a game try and that ...
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