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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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Question for those playing CYZ
Hat tip to Mr. Fleet: Some of these auctions can be dedicated to showing very good as opposed to "normal" holdings, e.g.: 1-1/1-2/2-3 with very good ; 1-1/1-2/2-2 not so much. 1-1 ...
2!C as 5-card Major Stayman
I've worked out a solution that I like, thought I'd take it for a test ride. The other problem implicated in this issue (and omitted from the OP) is that I've always used 1N-2/2-3 to show 4-4 majors. Obviously incompatible with using that ...
2!C as 5-card Major Stayman
You don't really give it up: It just caters to a different set of layouts, 3M-3OM-5-2 comes to mind.
2!C as 5-card Major Stayman
Should have mentioned that this is in a 4Way Transfer context as well. So the issue is: Which way to go? My tendency is to give up the 5cd Stayman toy in favor of the 4Way Transfer toy on these 6m-3-3-1s -- long m is the primary feature of the hand ...
Confusion over "Good/Bad 2NT" and competitive double
IMHO, the convention understanding not detailed sufficiently by the p'ship is SupXs. Moese is right to put the auction into this context.
4M vs 3N after no XYZ
You've said that this hand, with AKQxxx, qualifies for this sequence in your p'ship. It might even be canonical. So how can 3 be wrong? And if not AKQ, then there is some kind of entry, right? So, to me, E seems to be gambling big time ...
4M vs 3N after no XYZ
Seems an odd XYZ: Responder's second round jumps as slammish seems a much more versatile treatment. I would expect 1D-1H/1S-2C/2D-3H.
how do you bid these hands?
Why would not 3 over 2NT suggest forward-going ? and 3 = ? EDIT: Ooooooops. If 2 is fixed as a raise, so that 3 next is LR, I think I'm overbidding (yes, again) by bidding 3 as opener on my second turn.: How ...
Smolen over 2NT
3S-->3N, 3,4N = 5S-4H I like Muppetish things, but few want to do even this small amount to memory tweaking.
Sim Request
Thanks so much. Truly, I appreciate the work.
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