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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
Oct. 12
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Been playing the game for a long time--over 50 years. Started fast--studied every book I could get hold of. Baltimore, then Washington, then Nofolk, VA. There were lots of good players, and I loved the challenge of the game.

In he intervening years my life took unexpected turns. I married (well) and helped raise a family.  I helped start a consulting company that had a nice run of success. I retired, and I lost my wife, but fate smiled on me and I married (well) again. All in all, I'm one very lucky guy.

Now I'm a different person, in a different world. I'm older, my environment is a small town, and I enjoy the social aspects of the game. My first wife, Pat, loved bridge and was very good at it. My second wife, Biddy, loves bridge too. Although she isn't nearly so good at it as Pat was, she's a competitive person. So now my greatest enjoyment in duplicate bridge is helping Biddy win. When we win, her smile would light up Rockefeller Center at Christmas.  What could be better than that?

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Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
(1) A year (1962) of Student Union bridge at University of Maryland (2) St Louis Open Pairs w/Steve Robinson 1963
Bridge Accomplishments
Regular Bridge Partners
Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Villages DBC for six years. Now relocated to Waynesboro, VA, DBC.
Favorite Tournaments
Any local sectional with good food and friendly folks.
Favorite Conventions
ACBL Ranking
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Perspective of a Playing Sponsor: I Came to Play
When I was ten my dad took me to a Forest Park High School (our neighborhood school) baseball game. At that time we didn’t have major league team in Baltimore yet. We had the AAA minor league Orioles. Dad told me, “we’re going to see this kid who ...
Michael Rosenberg on a Grand Slam
Mike, if you discarded a spade because you had to (I.e., down to all spades), there were four holdings which included the King and only one that did not.
Lightening Strikes Twice
I've run into that occasionally, but my solution is simply to reach into my LHO's box and take the card I need. (On that hand, she won't be needing it.) That brings to mind a possible money-saving idea for cash-strapped clubs--just put out one bidding box per ...
Perspective of a Playing Sponsor: I Came to Play
You're right, GG. Sandy Koufax was one of those. Turned out OK (note: deliberate understatement to make a point), but for the first couple of years he may have seemed like a heavy weight to carry with a roster limitation of 25 players. BTW Melanie, if you turn into ...
Perspective of a Playing Sponsor: I Came to Play
Ryder Cup--You gotta play Sunday.
Michael Rosenberg on a Grand Slam
Mike, if declarer has QTx he's going to take the finesse no matter what you do. Grosvenor is fun, but against a grand slam you already have set?
Michael Rosenberg on a Grand Slam
Roald, look again at the exact spade spots. West holding Kxx has an automatic set. Discard an x from that? Not if West is a good club player, or any competent tournament player.
Lightening Strikes Twice
You have removed it from your repertoire, but it’s still there in the dim recesses of your mind. In another ten years it will probably escape its cerebral prison. And you’ll have another story to tell.
From a bidding box when is a bid final?
Interestingly, the Laws do not cover bidding boxes, since bidding boxes are not inherently a part of bridge. However, the ACBL (for example) specifies rules and procedures relating to bidding boxes; they are in this document: In particular, the general answer to your ...
Michael Rosenberg's lead problem: 632 A953 QJ72 T9
There's another thing about the trump lead. If declarer is missing five trumps to the Queen, there are a lot of layouts where he isn't going to take a finesse anyway. His plan might well be to mess around with his other suits in the hope of (a ...

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