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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
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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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I think Max has summarized the crucial point--"expect" is not the same as "guaranteed." It's similar to many situations where partner makes a bid and the opponent asks "how many does that show?" You answer n, and then partner has fewer than n. Opponent is offended, and says ...
Did S take advantage of a failed alert?
Benoit, I think you are stating as fact that which seems like an opinion. Some may agree with you, but many others will not. If I have four trumps and my partner's opening bid promises five or more, I think my obligation is to establish our trump fit. If ...
Michael, I agree with your last short paragraph. However, I think the answer to your question is an emphatic *yes.* I think a lot of times on Bridge Winners people post questions hoping to get a wide variety of answers, including supporting reasons.
commentating on other table
Ronald I “liked” your comment, but I disagreed with one clause of one sentence. In your first sentence you characterize this poll as representing a “beef,” and suggest it shows a lack of perspective. I don’t see it that way. I think it shows the legitimate possibility that different ...
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
This story is especially for David, but everyone can appreciate it. When I was a young man (a LONG time ago) I was playing against a champion who happened to be playing that day with his wife rather than his regular champion partner. On the first board of the round ...
World Youth Team Championships August 8-18 2018
Alan S wrote this above: "the players hated the extra level of process they had to follow to use it - placing bidding and playing cards in the right place and right way for the system to capture the data." Well, time marches on. But marches is a weak metaphor; it ...
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
I think John has nailed it! When the odds advantage is small one way or the other, play the players.
Is this restricted choice? (WBF junior finals, board 11)
I think David is correct above regarding the second round. I think that perfectly offsets East's choice situation if West has no honor, so those two are a wash. I think it's necessary to go back to a priori probabilities first. West holding precisely the 98 is 1 ...
You be the judge(classier than ATB I think)
John, perhaps the answer to your original question is this—“I was asking if he could give me a delayed preference back to hearts.”
Question regarding missing information behind screens
Interesting question. I suspect the more common fault would be a subset of MI (misinformation). If I ask my opponent “what’s that mean,” and he responds with nothing more than a shrug, then in a game without screens he may have given UI to his partner; behind a screen ...

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