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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
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an hour ago
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 the 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?

Country
United States of America

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
none
Regular Bridge Partners
none
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
Flattery
ACBL Ranking
None
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ATB
David, I’m confused by your +1,370. How did you take 12 tricks with that club lead?
What Does This Bid Mean?
With that proposed hand, when your partner supported your hearts, which you presumably have four-but-only-four, then you want to play in hearts. Bidding 3 at that point is risky in that it might mislead partner, but bidding 4 after agreeing on hearts looks like a good move towards ...
What's in a Name?
In advertising? You're kidding, right? Q: How do you know when an ad man is exaggerating? A: When his lips are moving.
Declarer thoughts
Stephan, I too would overcall 1 with my proposed hand. On the other hand, not everyone bids like you and I do. Thus my words "not totally convinced" and "might have gotten it into his head." That possibility seems to make sense out of the rest of the auction.
Insufficient Bid over a 2NT Opening Bid
This problem is somewhat interesting. On the other hand, the story about David Burn's deal would be VERY interesting. I'd really like to hear that one.
Declarer thoughts
I am not totally convinced that West has the 5-5 majors he showed with his original bid. E.g., what would he have bid with AJ10xx AKxx Kx Jx He might have doubled at his first turn, but he might have gotten it into his head that he wanted to ...
Cruel Hand from 2019 Vilnius Cup
Another way to have "stolen" the board would have been for West to bid 2 at his second turn. Yes, he would have failed to show that sixth heart right away. However, in exchange he would have showed nine of his cards instead of six, and would have (presumably ...
The Liu Coop
Robert, picture a little smiley face at the end of Bernie's comment.
your comment is needed
I think a problem in the first case is not for the leader, per se, but for the partnership. The partner of the leader may not envision the leader with a picture after the lead of the eight from J8xx.
Bigger than Bridge
"Double dummy" is my partner's brief description of how badly I played the hand, as in "double dummy nullo."
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