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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 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?

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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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Multiple Errors
Steve, this is just idle curiosity, a little irony in a very peculiar problem. You wrote that a heart lead is out of the question. But isn’t that the only lead that holds West to +930? With any other lead, can’t I make 1130?
How do you interpret 5!s?
“Typically (but not always).” It’s those exceptions that sow the seeds of doubt. ;-)
How to get to 6!D
I agree that question is the crux of the problem. OP doesn’t tell me if 2/1 = game force. If it is, then 3 is counter-productive. East can simply mark time with 3 and see what West does next. OTOH, I don’t agree that lacking the ...
Ever picked up AKQJT98765432 (not all in the same suit)
I’ve been playing bridge for about 60 years, though mostly just socially, so I’ve had a few of those 13 card straights. Never had a 13 card straight flush, though.
Ever picked up AKQJT98765432 (not all in the same suit)
And that is the way I validated the number in Andrew Sinclair’s comment, which was the first one posted. Not because I didn’t understand Andrew’s formulation. Rather, because the calculator app in my phone balked at the size of the numbers involved.
Ever picked up AKQJT98765432 (not all in the same suit)
Your answer is correct. I came to the same number by a different calculation.
Heart Wastage?
@ Craig: Oops, you're right. @Mads (and David B): Well, opening 1NT with the right point count and a singleton Ace is not always right, but is frequently the best choice, and even more frequently is chosen even when there is an alternative that might be better.
Is this an exception to a rule
I think I have an undisclosed feature of high value. My diamond holding makes it extremely unlikely that my partner could have bid NT, and it also makes it extremely likely that NT should be played from my side. I have a good hand, quite a bit better than I ...
Heart Wastage?
So now the better question is this: How should NS maneuver the bidding to make North the declarer in 5?
Heart Wastage?
West leads her doubleton club. East wins the first diamond with the Ace, cashes the club King, and gives her partner a ruff. West leads a heart back to her partner’s Ace, but they are both disappointed to see it trumped. Then West looks closely at East’s hand ...

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