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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Member Since
June 15, 2011
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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
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!S Jx !H AKxx !D AKxxx !C xx
Just would a bidding poll answer that returned 1 distinguish between the last two choices presented here?
What has partner got?
"...when 4 clubs would have done the same job..." Frances specified above: Your cue-bidding agreements are first round controls before second.
What has partner got?
I disagree with the statement that there's no way opener's hand can re-eval to a slam try. "Slam try" does not mean "take over the auction and drive to slam." If I have substantially more than my partner knows about, it seems logical to cooperate, i.e., to ...
What has partner got?
Frances is correct, of course, but you could make a minor modification to Patrick's hypothetical: AK KQxx KQxx KQx It's really "threading the needle" to come up with a "super accept" hand that has to bid beyond game to cuebid the only first round control. Nevertheless, it's ...
John, if I bid 1NT in response to your 1 opening, my bid has substantial preemptive value. In response to your 1 opening? Not so much. ;-) I think that your point is correct, though I would term it differently. The 1NT response ITRW has a large "uncertainty value ...
Value of Support Doubles?
I like Support Doubles because of what I learn when partner does not double: (a) If she raises my major I learn she has four, not three. That’s sometimes important information in a competitive auction. And occasionally it’s important when I’m thinking of going slamming. (b) If ...
Do we want to be in slam here?
That looks like the only chance to get to hearts. After: 1....1 3 it's conceivable to end up in hearts. If West were the dealer, it's hopeless. The spade fit is discovered immediately, and that train cannot be called back to the station.
Richard Fleet's bidding problem: QJ652 --- J72 QJ842
Martin, you've got me confused. You play top and bottom cue bids, which fit this hand. You say this hand doesn't justify a cue bid no matter how you play it. And you say you would never pass with this hand. Gee, a lot of players would reject ...
Do we want to be in slam here?
David, your analysis is correct, but it seems to me that threat is relatively unlikely. The opponents hold nine clubs including the Ace and King. Most likely, if you bid slowly they will find their way into the auction or, at a minimum, listen to your bidding and realize your ...
Do we want to be in slam here?
I don't think so, Jim. Looking at these 26 cards I see 6 has the entry to the heart suit, while 6 does not. So 6 makes so long as hearts are no worse than 4-2 (84%) and spades are no worse than 4-1 (96%), for ...

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