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Scott Needham
Scott Needham
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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.


More personal disclosure than I have ever done. Weird.

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How much extra is required for "seriousness"?
How much extra is required for "seriousness"?
This is the reason I prefer to play 3 as Serious/Not when are trumps. It's less ambiguous, but partners don't like the extra memory wrinkle. Without this agreement, and playing Not, I'd cue . Playing Serious, I've decided that 3N shouldn't deny ...
How much extra is required for "seriousness"?
Hat tip to ML above: "It's all about fit and the information previously imparted in the auction." One could turn the OP on its head to focus on the same evaluation problem for the hand opposite any Serious try. Recently, I held AT KQJ84 4 AQ543 Partner held 83 ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
Nice hand, Oren. Cherry season much? ;-) It's clear that the auctions are tougher for all of the usual reasons involving holdings, and that may be reason enough to adopt your structure. This is valuable input; we can probably agree that there are miracle hands and disaster hands ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
In my view, the good things about XYZ are the ability to stop low with inv layouts and the ability to recover responder's strong jump shifts with the second round jumps to the three level. Thinking about all of the good stuff above made me realize that 4M-5m GF ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
After my response above, I started to think about the first OP sequence and realized that, although it's never come up, for me it could show some 4x1 with and or 4-4-3-2, both with concentrated values in and , that wants to try 3N ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
One possible: R’s 2N relay -->3♣: R may pass with ♣, or 3♦ = GF, 5Y-4X with stiff, relay asks: 1st step = low, 2nd = high 3♥ = GF, 4Y-5X with stiff, relay asks: 1st step = low, 2nd = high 3♠ = GF, 4Y-5X-2-2 3N = GF, 5Y-4X-2-2 I'm aware many don't bother with ...
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
Steve, I'm guessing you meant to write "So, 1♣ - 1♥ - 1N - 2♦ -2 -3♣ should be either 2=5=2=4 or 4=2=2=5...."? or am I again missing something?
Two-Way Checkback/XYZ Question
IMHO, it's 2-Way if 2 doesn't force 2, and XYZ if it does. So it matters b/c 2-Way will bid 3 to show drop dead with 4cd & 6+cd. Assuming XYZ: option 1: yes, but denies 2/3 honors and ...
2/1 vs. Precision
I'm trying to convince my devoted Pre partner, and maybe I have succeeded, that we should use a "real s" xyz after the 1 opener: 1-1M/1Z-2 = must bid 2 with 4+. Also have a way playing Neb 2 to make sure we ...

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