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Ken Bowlby
Ken Bowlby
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Basic Information

Member Since
Nov. 21, 2017
Last Seen
5 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

China consultant and retired business professor.  Travelled extensively for business and pleasure (sadly, not yet south of the Equator).  Married with two adult daughters, no grandchildren.  Favorite pleasures include bridge, travel to new places, woodworking, reading, snooker, family gatherings, working out at the gym.   

Honest self-assessment: "Advanced Player". Started in 1981, quickly became addicted & earned more than enough gold & red points long before I had enough for Life Master. Quit for 20 years, 1997-2017, mostly because of excessive poor behavior of bridge players towards others. (It's a LOT better now) I'm always trying to improve, and recently enjoyed a series of coaching sessions with a World-Class Expert (WCE) - 6 BBO sessions followed by 6 days tournament play. WCE's parting comment: "You've shown that you can be competitive at this (top) level, if you can just avoid the mistakes you are capable of avoiding". High praise, I thought, but it would help if my opponents made more mistakes! :-)


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Too many to choose one
Bridge Accomplishments
Scattered firsts and seconds, more often in team events. Not yet anything that calls for neon lights. (Qualified to play in the Flight B NAP @ Columbus)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
London Bridge Club (Ontario, Canada)
Favorite Tournaments
Regionals and Nationals
Favorite Conventions
Seems an odd question to me
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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Confession of a Self-Kibitzer
Michal, First, my thanks and congratulations for your letter. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been to both fully confront yourself and then write this. Oren Kriegel's first response listed 4 things that he suggests should come as a result. I agree with all but #3. I ...
When should you use Stayman?
Always avoid the term "always".
Online Issue #1 Last Hand
Paul: On the last board the "par" and common contract is 3NT, making 9 tricks. But one pair chose to play in a tricky 4H, requiring a LOT of thought and care. If they get more time than others, there will be winners and losers depending on the outcome.
Online Issue #1 Last Hand
I voted for no additional time, simply to maintain "equity" for all hands & all players in this regard. Like you, I am at home so an extra 2 minutes would not matter, but no-one got the time for every hand up to then, so doing it now would give an ...
Peg Kaplan's bidding problem: A85 AJ54 Q62 AK2
I bid 5S, and will pass if partner bids 6C or bid 6NT if partner bids a red suit. Oh well - I've been wrong before!
Craig Biddle's bidding problem: K 862 AK87 KJT73
I abstained - with both partners I play ELCD thru 2S, so we could dble here and then bid 3C over pard's 2S bid, but I would still pass due to the singleton SK
Undos in the Reynolds KOs
I think the undo request s/b allowed and, FWIW, opps should "not know" about you double
Undos in the Reynolds KOs
Since bbo alerts are made by the bidder, if more time is needed it is because the bidder failed to alert as (s)he should
Bad Disclosure (Pass the cheese, I already have the whine)
Question: Recently I clicked to see the opponents cc, and instead of the cc the display showed a quite good "summary". How does one create/post such a summary rather then the bbo cc?
Bad Disclosure (Pass the cheese, I already have the whine)
I planned to take the Directors course over a year ago. Acquired all the materials, extensively reviewed them (with a view to STUDYING them), then asked myself: "Why am I doing this?" Withdrawing may have been one of my best decisions. Having said that, hats off to all Directors who ...

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