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Gerald Koonce
Gerald Koonce
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 29, 2011
Last Seen
23 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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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 ...
The best short mystery story about bridge?
I am not sure it qualifies as a mystery. It is relevant to us today as it is about cheating in bridge and the dark side of human nature. I once had it in "Someone Like You," a collection of Roald Dahl short stories. It was originally published in the ...
Gerald Koonce's bidding problem: AK853 QJT43 9 53
South at the table did not ask. He assumed it was pre-emptive since it was not alerted.
A Minor Case of Deja Vu
Playing in a 2-section Masters Pairs at a regional, my partner and I picked up two easy to make grand slam hands in one round. We bid both of them, for cold tops, as no one else in the event bid either one of them.
Eight Is Enough -- Seeking suggestions for rank definitions etc.
This is basically the same as what the Little Rock Duplicate Bridge Club does with its monthly first Sunday 8 is Enough game. Our 1 is 0-299 and our 2 is 300-999. For the last year or so we have been averaging 10-16 teams, which makes it more than double ...
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.

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