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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
8 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 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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Ethical, questionable or cheating?
I once watched Oswald Jacoby playing Gin Rummy with Crawford between sessions. I play a decent game, but they played so fast I had difficulty following the action. I knew Ozzie was a terrific gin player, so when their game broke up I asked him how good was Crawford. His ...
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
BTW, in your example, your opponent responder apparently ignored his partner’s tempo, since he just went ahead and bid his game. Good for him.
Ethical, questionable or cheating?
The word “should” may be too imprecise in your statement in quotation marks, in both clauses. In the first, we MUST ignore or take no advantage of our partner’s tempo. In fact, it’s even stronger than that. We MUST choose from among logical alternatives that are different than ...
Standard Turkish?
I most certainly do NOT wish to change my comment. (1) If you don't recognize the name Karapet, that's unfortunate for you, but it really waters down a joke when you have to explain it. (2) Did you suppose genocide would more likely happen at long-range? Hitler didn ...
2!c With an Unbalanced Hand
Buddy, I don't think you should worry about putting this post here. You are asking for the advanced players to give you their thoughts about the subject, so that you can assimilate them and formulate your approach to teaching non-advanced players. I doubt it would work if you posted ...
ATB - lousy slam
“trade singleton king for KT dub.” You can have either one, but not both. (Unless you got a good peek.)
Standard Turkish?
Karapet is Armenian. That’s a suburb of Turkey, so his card might approximate Standard Turkish. If that’s the case, then we have several English experts here who may be able to fill in the missing details.
ATB - lousy slam
It makes with King doubleton onside—that’s approximately 20%, and it makes with stiff ten offside—that’s a little over 6%. So it’s about 26%. The flaw in your approximation is that you overlooked another subtraction from your starting 50%. If the King is onside, it might ...
Plan the Play in 3NT at Matchpoints
...or a lower spot. If East started with the Queen Jack doubleton, West would have led the 4 from 8643. That would be unlikely, playing fourth best.
How should Multi be allowed (if at all) under the Open+ chart?
Interestingly, a Pass in that situation ALSO shows either a very strong hand, a very weak hand, or something in-between.

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