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Randy Thompson
Randy Thompson
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Member Since
May 24, 2012
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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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ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Three-card raises--- are they automatic?
If you open 1 on all out-of-1N-range flat hands that don't have a 5-card major, then this hand is yet another advertisement for the 1N rebid that I wrote up under the name "Magic Bullet 1N."
WBF alert procedure
Wow, what others expect for a call varies wildly even regionally within the ACBL. When you then mix in all the bidding methods and expectations worldwide, might as well alert every call partner makes. Not to worry, ACBLers. If the world championship pair events are as they were in the ...
KQT9 opposite xxxx
This combination was on the cover of a Reese book -- Reese said to play the better player for the ace, because a weak player would have already played the ace by the time you play a second time from dummy. But, I assume the OP is talking about what you ...
Is this forcing?
Reverse Flannery responses would take care of this issue. With weak 5-5, responder would respond 2; with invite 5-5, responder would respond 2; when he responds 1 and then bids 2 over 2 here, it is GF. correction of confusing typo
Opening 1 NT point range on convention card
Include the widest range possible and you are "safe." We tried to be specific, in announcing "12-14, could be 15 if 4-3-3-3." Our attempt to be forthcoming caused opponents untold grief! One would hear it and say, "aha! our strong NT defense applies because it might be 15." The other ...
Reviving old questions.
In my most long-standing partnership, one of us nearly always splinters with a stiff A/K; the other seldom does. Neither is 100%. And, after decades of trying it both ways, I cannot tell you which way is more effective. My advice is to do whatever your partner prefers on ...
Liam Milne's bidding problem: K64 J97542 KQ4 4
Don't think that matters. What he will have is either the minors or clubs and over 2, he has two cheap ways to show the minors (double and 2N), one with power and the other shape and he can overcall at the three level.
Liam Milne's bidding problem: K64 J97542 KQ4 4
3N over 3 is one way to bid the minors and it may work if LHO has 10 of them that are divided 5-5. Over 2 he can double to show both minors and values, bid 2N to show both minors and shape or bid 3m with a ...
Liam Milne's bidding problem: K64 J97542 KQ4 4
If facing 3 hearts, we will be defending 5 or 6 if we start with 2; we might buy it in 3 or 4 if we start with 3.
Liam Milne's bidding problem: K64 J97542 KQ4 4
If we have a 6-3 heart fit, we may have to bid to the 6 level to buy it. The opponents will have 17+ minor suit cards. 2 makes it trivial for them to find their double fit; 3 does not.
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