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Randy Thompson
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Member Since
May 24, 2012
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31 minutes 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, 5th/8th in 0-10K KOs in 2014, 5th/8th in 2009 and 2010 0-5000 Spingold, several regional wins and deep places in national events
Regular Bridge Partners
Barry Spector, Neil Hunter
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Sapphire Life Master
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ATB - duplication
Serious Question: Has anyone ever had a positive experience playing Last Train? Seems to me that Last Train obstructs cue bidding and serves primarily as a blame transfer. By the time we are to the point of one-under-game, I think most pairs know who has slam interest and who doesn ...
Assess the blame (15)
This was largely a methods issue. If playing 15-17 1N and my preferred methods, I'd bid: 1N-2* *Transfer 2*-3** *denies 4 hts or 3 hts and 17 HCP **4+ Cl, invite+ (forces to 3) 3*-3N** *2 or 3 hearts, declining invite, **GF ...
Can systems be too well defined?
Don't just pick "cool gizmos" off of the ala carte list; pick ones that augment or patch a hole in your systemic methods -- that turn difficult, guessing auctions into easy ones. If you play disciplined weak two's, Ogust is a silly conventional response to them. If you play ...
Responder's Second Bid in Competitive Auction
This is another auction where "Reverse Flannery" helps. With the weak hand with 5-4+ the bid over 1 would be 2 and with invitational values and that shape it would be 2. That would let 2 in the given auction be one of two hands (depending ...
Table Math
I didn't change my vote (play on spades), but your post makes me think I was wrong and clubs 3-3 would be better.
1!C - 1!H - rebid??
Rebidding 1N may prevent playing a Moysian but it increases the chances of violating the Law of Total Trumps (never name a suit trumps if the opponents hold more of it than you do).
IMO, this should be a poll about which spade honor folks prefer to lead against 1N. Best possible matchpoint result here is +200 and you have to take 11 tricks to get there with spades as trumps. :)
Kickback Konfusion
This would be kickback for me. That wasn't the only way responder could get to 4, so it didn't HAVE to be natural; therefore it's KB. I don't like minorwood at all (having played it reluctantly in 3 different partnerships). It saves the most room ...
1NT, MPs, first step
Oops, you may be right, Richard --the automatic 6 false card could confuse the length issue, but it won't get you an extra heart trick.
1NT, MPs, first step
RHO will notice that he has at least 4 spades in his hand and likely has exactly 3 hearts. Looking at dummy and knowing that only one more trick is available in hearts over the ace pard always gets, there is a LOT more potential in spades than hearts.
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