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Randy Thompson
Randy Thompson
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 24, 2012
Last Seen
41 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired attorney. Avid golfer (though only shoot in low 90's/high 80's) and bicyclist (over 4,000 miles each year from 2010 to 2019).

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, Ben Franz, John Erickson
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ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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ACBL and psyching 1N. Again?
In today's tournament setting, where bridge lawyers seek to be given gifts they couldn't earn from the director and silly rules, I think the answer is to just not psyche 1N. Open 1 like the rest of planet earth on the hand posed. Life is too short ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
After 1-1, 1!N-?? We play that 1N does not deny 4 spades, so I prefer: 2......either weak w diamonds or the start of all invites other than 4-4 in majors 2......GF with interest in the major suit holdings of opener ...
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
Why to prove one's skills as a bridge lawyer, what else? This has become a BIG part of the game.
Should a 2/1 by advancer be one round forcing?
I assume that north passed? I like to play that new suits at the one or three levels is forcing, but at the two level is encouraging but not forcing.
Ruling on opening 1NT with small singleton (ACBL)
In a rational world, you would be right. But, somewhere along the way some old curmudgeons who make these ACBL regulations must have been burned by the opponent opening 1N with a singleton and decided that to do so makes 1N not a "natural" bid. Absurd as that is, it ...
Rate mY Idiocy
I abstained because only an intelligent, thoughtful player could make a play that was THIS bad. :) It seems to me that your error came when you led a low spade from hand instead of an honor. If you demand to be "abused" for your result, then let it be for ...
Malcolm Pryor's bidding problem: AJ8432 --- K9543 65
Preempts are best when the opponents may have a good game or choice of games. What game are they likely to be able to make on this deal? If they wind up in hearts, trumps are splitting 5-0 or 4-0 and I have some top end defense of my own ...
Malcolm Pryor's bidding problem: AJ8432 --- K9543 65
On a given day, 1, 2, 4, or 3 (the order in which I rank them) could be best. Hard to imagine a day when pass is best with a hand that can take 1/2/3/4 levels of bidding away from the opponents and ...
Passed hand jump to 2NT
We use it as Compressed Bergen -- 4-card raise with values for either a Mixed Raise or Limit Raise. Opener signs off in 3M if even a limit raise isn't enough; bids 4M if a mixed raise is enough; bids 3m (natural), if a limit raise is enough but a ...
RKC Q ask question
You could have had a stiff club in some other layout. Bidding 6 would show that the cue was based on the club king, which might matter to a partner with AQx(x)(x).
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