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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.

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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. (Some have asked: The picture is a much earlier incarnation. Though he lurks close beneath the surface....)

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More personal disclosure than I have ever done. Weird.

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BW 2/1: After 1!d-2!c
I still tout the Walsh-Lawrence style: NT by either partner to show cards in unbid majors, and 2/3major by either partner to show 4 cards (until the auction has denied a 4cd major). So it is helpful, when responder holds xx=KQx=Kxx=AQxxx, and similar, that 2 ...
2NT artificial and forcing over opener's same suit rebid
I seem to remember a treatment called "Godfather 2NT."
ATB missed grand
I need a bid to show 8 in the major....
Bidding problem What is your guess?
Waiting for Yuan and others to sing the "18-19 balanced goes into 2" refrain. And, yes, RFR is a winner on this layout.
ATB - Missed Slam
1-(1)-1-(P ) 2-2N 3-4 4N-5 7 4 = Non-Serious Between the likely pitch(es) and a ruff or two, 13+ tricks seems likely. EDIT: A guy goes to all this trouble to set up a bit of humor -- OK ...
BWS Polls
C'mon Phil, free the cheese! Where is this Google doc of which you speak?
Never lost IMPs this way before
I've bid 8 out of my last 5 slams, and graciously accepted IMPs from incompetence or brain farts. But never this congruence.
Range for Responder’s Splinter
For those who use Bergen: A good splinter can be bid using the 3m weak variation, then short. When I started, a couple of partners like to conceal the strong version in 1NTF. Didn't like that too much.
Scott Needham's bidding problem: Jxxx Txx xxx xxx
Richard, we never get dealt a hand that strong. I'm not the partner who likes the 2 double negative; hands of the variety you mention, even with a x, are virtually unsolvable without Stuff--which most (well, virtually all) of my partners would not want to commit to ...
How would your auction go?
I like the utility of the jump to 3M showing 5+m-4M. I like the utility of the 3M jump setting trumps. The S hand, with sturdy combinations, pushes the limits of a 2 negative (usually 3 Qs around here). I'd probably open 2 and Kokish to ...
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