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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Member Since
June 15, 2011
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5 hours 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 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?

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
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Strong club, 4c major system
Steve, I wouldn't be at all surprised to hear that some enterprising Brits have figured out a nice melding of the Acol approach to bidding moderate hands with the Precision approach to bidding strong hands. For one thing, those four card majors make it a lot easier to avoid ...
Is bridge dying? A second look at the health of our game.
Jeff, apparently you are almost alone among our soothsayers, in that you've been listening to the right music. Like B.J. Thomas? Then forget "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head." Instead, smile and sing along with "Just Can't Help Believin'." Like Johnny Ray? Forget "Cry." Instead, enjoy "Faith ...
Strong club, 4c major system
Acol was a lot of fun fifty years ago. It probably still is, and it's certainly well documented. For starters, you can read all Victor Mollo's "Menagerie" books.
Emanuel Evacic's bidding problem: AQ83 K876 AKJ7 8
Thank you. So it looks like maybe the initial response of 1 to the Takeout Double was a conventional response meaning majors. Was that an agreement, or simply an assumption because the opponent's redouble was supposed to show diamonds?
Oren Kriegel's bidding problem: J7xxx Qx AJ8xxx ---
I don't like my spade holding to show this as a two-suited hand. If partner has a flat hand with Kxx or Qxx, we will end up in spades in a big mess. On the other hand, my diamond suit can stand repeated forces, and I'm much better ...
Yuan Shen's bidding problem: KT865 J3 AJT32 J
Partner's 2 bid puts you in a bind. Yes, you have a singleton club. But no, that Jx might not be very good to take care of partner's club losers, since at least the second one might get overruffed. So it's certainly satisfactory support to pass ...
Emanuel Evacic's bidding problem: AQ83 K876 AKJ7 8
Looks like that to me, too. Please show the hand that responded to the takeout double with 1, then after the doubler raised to 2, bid 2, then after the doubler raised that to 3, passed.
ATB: Pushy slam failed
I agree in principle with that concept (both parts), but we frequently see 1NT nowadays as a catch-all maybe weak, maybe strong forcing response to a major suit opening. For a pair who sometimes use a forcing NT response as a first step in subsequent bidding showing surprising strength, then ...
ATB: Pushy slam failed
It’s you and me, David. I’m East. I hear Biddy open 1 and after my 1NT I hear her reverse with 2. So now I trot out my Diamond suit to try to get her to bid 3NT. But waitaminit! I already bid NT, didn’t ...
A Little Help
@Andy: The slogan on my coffee mug says "If you're gonna bid so much, you gotta play good." Kit certainly qualifies for that.
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