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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player

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 Duplicate Bridge Club
Favorite Tournaments
Outer Banks Sectional, Kill Devil Hills, NC
ACBL Ranking
None
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WHAT IS SPORT?
I’ll call hunting “sport” when they start issuing camouflage and guns to the deer.
The difference between winning and success;
Somebody said it first (I think perhaps Whitey Herzog), but I heard it from Earl Weaver: “You shouldn’t make winning a matter of life and death. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”
Snowball in Hell
Absolutely right. I get so tired of seeing Phil Helmuth complain about all his “bad beats.” To The Poker Brat, it’s a bad beat when the odds favor him and his opponent draws to a four-flush. That would be like a bridge expert going around to everybody in the ...
Claim?
Well, it turns out it wouldn’t have been his best possible result. OK, but that doesn’t matter. He faced his cards, stated how many tricks he would make, and neither defender disputed his claim. Next hand!
Snowball in Hell
Gee…if you held AKxxxxxx and the bidding went 1 pass pass to you, wouldn’t you pass?
How not to bid misfits...
You were unlucky your two suits were so strong. If you were missing the Queens you might have had a pseudosqueeze. And if I had been your partner we’d have been in 5, so consider yourself lucky that Robbie was such a wimp.
Claim?
You might want to reread Law 68.A, which is “black letter law,” I.e. non-ambiguous. “Any statement that a contestant will win a specific number of tricks is a claim of those tricks.” You don’t get to face your hand, state a number of tricks you’ll win ...
Would you open
That point about easy rebid is quite significant. The only time you’ll have to rebid at the two level is to support your partner’s spades. And that’s gotta be good, right?
Best way to handle this situation?
You say you have agreed on NMF, but have not discussed complex auctions involving it. Under that statement, I think you should alert the 2, which you [i]have[/i] discussed. If asked for explanation, I think the proper statement would be "could be real clubs, or maybe not ...
touching honors
I doubt the 8 could be correct. Declarer holding A9 or K9 would not be unexpected.
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