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Randy Thompson
Randy Thompson
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Member Since
May 24, 2012
Last Seen
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Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Retired attorney. Avid golfer (though only shoot in low 90's/high 80's) and bicyclist (over 4,000 miles each year from 2010 to 2018).

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
When we made the Vanderbilt round of 16 and walked into the room, we saw people whose faces we had seen on magazines, whose books and articles we had studied. My wife turned to me and said, "this is like an IQ test -- which object is out of place in this group?" Obviously, that was us.
Bridge Accomplishments
9th/16th in 1983 Vanderbilt, First in 2013 NABC Bruce LM-5000 Pairs, 9th in 2001 NABC IMP Pairs, 6th in 0-10K NABC Pairs in 2016, 3d/4th in 0-6000 KOs in 2018, 5th/8th in 3 other limited NABC KOs, several regional wins and deep places in national events.
Regular Bridge Partners
Barry Spector, Neil Hunter, Ben Franz
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Transfer breaks after 2NT
I prefer mandatory super accepts over transfers (1N or 2N). After 2N-3T, ?? opener bids 4M with 4-card support and a bad hand (for a 2N opener) for slam. With a good hand for slam, he cue bids cheapest control, with 3N a cue of suit T.
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
One of the top-level pair from Philadelphia,, Jordan-Robinson, once said that the reason that they were such good declarers was that their bidding gave them a lot of practice declaring (and making) impossible contracts.
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
I disagree. The amorphous 2+ 1 of Meckwell Lite works like a dream! Okay, now and then the dream is a nightmare, but it gets us into the auction below the level of 1 and 1 so we find our major suit fits easily -- at the one ...
An exhortation. - Just open the %$^&^% bidding!!!
Great article. Add another excuse to pass: "My hand is too good to open a weak two and not good enough to open at the one level, so I pass!" No such hand. Pick one and live with it.
A Better Structure for Transfers over Opponents' One-Level Take-out Doubles
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What should 3N mean?
2N tends to have a tight range, so IMO, a meaning that says where in this tight range opener is in the way of controls is less useful than the ability to cue spades below the level of game. Especially if playing Last Train, using 3N as some sort of ...
And the 1!C - 2!D Jump Shift
Playing 2/1, where 1 is 3+, we play that 2 is a limit raise in clubs (and 1-3 is limit in diamonds). Playing a 2+ 1 with a range of 14-18 if flat, we play that 2 is a limit raise in both ...
Finish this Auction to 6H
With a six-loser hand, shortness and no dead values in their suit, and partner showing a diamond control (having bid 3 the need, if any, for Last Train, if playing it, pales in comparison to the need to show a diamond control) just bidding keycard makes the most sense ...
How do you play this?
I renew my objection to Last Train as a "blame transfer" device that precludes a valuable cue bid. If you cannot cue M-1, just how much interest could you have?
Adam Gann's bidding problem: K KQxxx Qxx Qxxx
This is a chance to discuss Ethnic Slur Fishbein. Playing "(Insert the name of the group you want to slur) Fishbein," double is for take-out and 3 is for penalties. Then follow it up with "Have you heard about the (insert name of the group you want to slur ...
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