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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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Joshua Donn's bidding problem: x AQT AJx 8xxxxx
Gregory, that's a very reasonable compromise with Pat's extreme position. Her view was that when an opponent preempts with 4 of a minor, and both majors are still open for consideration, you give up too much to not be able to make a negative double. I'm seriously ...
Defending a “psych”
This is the reason that "disclosure" does NOT mean "tell me the name of your convention." It means "tell me what that bid means."
Joshua Donn's bidding problem: x AQT AJx 8xxxxx
No, it isn't like saying any of those things. Rather, it's saying that you have a system that will get you good results most of the time, and very good results some of the time, and every once in a while you'll get bitten when the opponents ...
Memphis Report from BOD Member, District 17
When you read Bridge Winners regularly, you might surmise we have at least 100 million opinions. :-)
Not Losing Money on NABCs
I missed the motion, but whatever you moved, I vote in the affirmative!
Lanzarotti Readmitted to ACBL
Nicolas, that's the way laws are. Even serious laws, having life-and-death consequences in the real world, right?
Memphis Report from BOD Member, District 17
The last thing of beauty created by a committee was the King James version.
Memphis Report from BOD Member, District 17
So Ethan, yes, this is a plan to make the governing committees [i]smaller[/I], and thus (hopefully) more efficient, not less. We should hope it works out that way; it seems like a good step in the right direction.
Alan Dormer - a heartwarming return
Good news, which is always welcome on this sometimes contentious website. Thank you for sharing it, and brightening our day.
Defending a “psych”
Richard, you've done well to search out the relevant language in an old document. Thank you. Some of the rules are sufficiently complicated that we continue to debate "both sides of an issue." On the other hand, what we generally debate is the interpretation of what happened, not the ...
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