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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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What is 6!c?
The OP sequence might be used (the 'asking for Q then proceeding after a negative' aspect of it) if 6 immediately after 5 is systemically a specific K ask?
Questions for people who play 12-14 1NT
Randy: You forced me back to the source(s). Beg to differ: " need at least 14 points, not 12 points, to open with an unbalanced minor-suit hand." The Kaplan-Sheinwold System of Winning Bridge, 1963, pg 30. A 12 count 5m-4-3-1 hand is only 13 "points." Id. K-S Updated: B-8 ...
Questions for people who play 12-14 1NT
Jeff, I'm pretty sure you'd agree that the key phrase here is "that opens the bidding." No one playing "true" K-S would open an unbalanced 12 count with 1m, so the 3cd raise wouldn't come into play. It is a modification to open the 5m-4-3-1 12-13 counts ...
ATB: Pushy slam failed
I like Wolff/Leb here, so how strong/concentrated is partner? To find out, I'd bid 1-1NT/2-2N/3-3N, showing 9-11 balanced with & stoppers. Granted, on partner's hand this could be many different holdings (xxx xx Kxxxx AQx? and similar) but isn't ...
How would you rule?
a dumb, dastardly and distinct dereliction of directorial duty? Geez, guys, in an 11 1/2 table club game, I felt lucky to find 5. And -- sorry -- I'm not emailing Denver (nearest big town) players to ask.
How would you rule?
RR: Except that many seem to think that the factors require little weighing and/or that they would not believe me if I said "I was weighing the factors."
How would you rule?
I guess my point is: Doesn't E need to think about whether no games make? Seeing the actual layout makes bid, pass or double conclusions easy.
How would you rule?
Why not? partner doesn't know you got the nuts, and partner doesn't know opener isn't a 20 count.
How would you rule?
After I do all of this self-interrogation, opps have a valid case that I used the UI during MY 30 second huddle.
How would you rule?
John, is there any a priori reason N could not hold a freak like xxxx xxxxxx x xx? or xxxxx xxxxxx x x?

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