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Gerald Koonce
Gerald Koonce
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 29, 2011
Last Seen
July 1
Member Type
Bridge Player
Country
United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning the Masters Pairs at a regional with an all-star field; 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; won a midnight Zip Swiss at a Nationals once
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club
BBO Username
gkoonce
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Famous People Who Love Card Games
Bill Clinton was an avid Hearts player. In 1996, while running for re-election, he learned how to play "Oh, Hell" while visiting Steven Spielberg and reportedly became obsessed with that game.
Bridge in fiction
The novel is "Farnham's Freehold". The contract is seven notrump doubled and redoubled, and the declarer (a young woman who is a friend of the doubler's sister) claims as soon as she sees the dummy, which is after thay have taken the cards down to the bomb shelter ...
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
A singer/songwriter friend of mine and a really good fiddle player are performing at Westy's on Saturday night from 9:30 to midnight, no cover.
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
"Memphis, Tennessee" is actually a Chuck Berry song, which he recorded and performed in the movie "Go Johnny Go" in 1959, five years before Johnny Rivers had his hit. The Beatles did a recording of it in 1963.
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
Central BBQ is a popular BBQ place that has a downtown location only a couple of minutes away by trolley, which runs about every 20 minutes. (Full disclosure: I have only been to the Midtown location.) An interesting BBQ place is the Cozy Corner, which is not so easy to ...
In the Well: Russ Jones
Hello, Arkansas Dr. J Congratulations on your election as ACBL president. Do you have any plans to increase participation in the lower flights of the GNT? In our district, the number of teams in the A, B and C flights have been on a steady decline for a number of ...
Memphis hotels
If that is the real price for the Peabody, it is a good deal for an iconic historic hotel. It is about seven-tenths of a mile from the playing area, so quite walkable.
Bridge Players and the movie world
George S. Kaufman wrote the screenplay for the Marx Brothers film "A Night at the Opera" and had several plays adopted for the big screen. He was an avid bridge player who also wrote humorous pieces about bridge for The New Yorker magazine. Harpo Marx supposedly was a skillful bridge ...
European Bridge Clubs
I played at a club in Budapest when I was there 8 years ago, but unfortunately I don't remember its name or exact location. I have good luck finding clubs overseas through the Bridge Guys web site, but all their Hungarian links appear to be broken. The Hungarian Bridge ...
Comparable Call Issue
We had a comparable situation at our club recently. Dealer's RHO opened one diamond out of turn, which was not accepted. The dealer then opened a normal one club and her LHO psyched a takeout double with 5 HCP, planning on passing whatever his partner bid. Is that psyche ...
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