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Gerald Koonce
Gerald Koonce
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Member Since
Jan. 29, 2011
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Jeff Meckstroth complimenting my play after my team beat his in the finals of a regional knockout.
Bridge Accomplishments
Only took me 20 years to make Life Master
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club
BBO Username
gkoonce
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Club bridge in Athens and Rome
About 10 years ago, I played at a duplicate bridge club in Athens that I found via the Bridge Guys web site. I either called or emailed the club and the director played with me. To the best of my recollection, this was the club: Athenian Bridget Group (AOM) 181 ...
Opening at the 7-level
In the mid-1970s I was playing in a regional Swiss Teams with three college friends. Red vs. white, my partner, in second seat, announced "skip bid" and opened a weak 2 diamonds. I responded "skip bid, 7 diamonds" and she just about fell out of her seat. I had ♠ AKJx ...
Balancing Strong Players at a Local Club Game
Our club tries to balance the field with tables marked by masterpoint count but so many pairs show up at the last moment that we end up with unbalanced fields anyway. The east-west field is almost always stronger than north-south.
Gerald Koonce's bidding problem: KJxxx --- AQJxx KJx
I passed at the table for a push. Partner's hand was A10xxx Jxxxxx x x. I got a helpful ace of clubs lead and the diamond king was onside three times, so making six was easy. In retrospect, I thought I should have realized she had to have six ...
International Bridge for the Average Player
I find this to be a useful site. http://www.bridgeguys.com/International/International.html But sometimes a simple Google search will turn up a club. I am retired now but when I traveled internationally in my job as a software engineer, I played in club games in Australia, Romania ...
Rules question: Can you open this 2!C strong?
At a regional many years ago, an opponent opened two clubs against me with AKQ10xxxx of diamonds and nothing else, then passed his partner's two diamond negative response. I had a balanced 17-count in front of the two-club bidder and my partner had a 12-count with both majors. When ...
The Secret Word
According to Bobby Wolff, it is penalty for diamonds, but I play it is takeout of spades, which I think has more frequency.
Bridge on NPR
NPR does this frequently. It doesn't have the expertise or the resources for a story like this, so instead the original reporter is interviewed.
Bridge in popular culture and literature
Not "Who Dealt?". I found it, it is "Contract." http://www.unz.org/Pub/LardnerRing-1929-00129
Bridge in popular culture and literature
Ring Lardner wrote several short stories in which bridge was a major plot device. One, the name of which escapes me, should be required reading for anyone who feels free to criticize the bidding and play of others.
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