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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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Minor suit bidding over notrump
Q64 9 J984 AQ843: I'm with AM and ED: As opener, I'd like to know about the stiff if I held AKxx xxx AKxx Kx. Or KJxx xxx AKQx Kx. Or any other mitt with very poor .Why not show it? Dang opps always lead the ...
3-level responses to 1NT
When developing this structure with a former partner, we recognized that 4x3 15 counts are a liability for any of our 3-level calls, all of which were picture bids. So we didn't open those hands 1N. After running a bunch of layouts, we discovered that very often the 3M ...
XY NT by a passed hand
What's the problem with keeping XYN in place? You still may want to get out in 2 or 3; the 2 relay maintains its meaning; the 2 and 3-level calls will not come up if openers are 11s, but so what?
The demise of "whether"
Calling all curmudgeons: Is it correct to say "regardless of whether" or "regardless whether"?
The demise of "whether"
Charles: The suggested substitution was "If one chooses to use "whether" one should not also use "or not"?
The demise of "whether"
Whether one chooses to use "whether" -- see, now there's a perfectly good spot to use "if" -- one should not also use "or not." I'm begging. One of my irritants, and as a litigator I had to hear and especially read this usage ALL THE TIME.
1min - 1!S - 1NT - 2!H playing reverse Flannery and XY NT
I like it as POC, the 5+-5+ very weak hand that didn't want to pass 1. XYZ 2 for the GF, non-RFR hands.
Against suits, playing 3rd from even, low from odd,
I'm beginning to suspect that the rationale for this treatment is that it makes life easier on partner to determine whether the lead is from 3 or 5. I don't see the problem, and would rather use Marshall Miles' suggestion (probably others' too) that low from odd allows ...
Against suits, playing 3rd from even, low from odd,
I've limited the question to suit contracts.
Against suits, playing 3rd from even, low from odd,
it always adds to 15.
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