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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
2 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?

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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In the Well: Russ Jones
Richard, you are probably correct in your guess. I suspect the metric you propose is not feasible. However, I propose a simpler one--one which the ACBL could calculate--that might achieve very close to the same objective. It is likely true (in the main) that a new member will take quite ...
Why I suck at matchpoints (part 2)
Swapping the diamond ten and Queen and the bidding will be very different. (1) At many tables the West hand will be opened 1NT. (2) If West opens 1 and raises spades, East (who knows about the ninth spade) will seldom sell out to 3.
Why I suck at matchpoints (part 2)
So David, what you saw on the matchpointing of this hand was a frequent occurrence--matchpoints that may have been at risk due to conservative bidding can be recaptured by excellent defense. If I were playing with a partner as good (or better) than myself, I would bid less aggressively. Unless ...
Is there a standard meaning for this redouble?
I checked "Other" for the exact reason Frances wrote in her second sentence, but in the reverse direction. In all my partnerships with strong players, I play support doubles and redoubles, so I wouldn't have the "undiscussed" challenge. And if I were playing with a pickup partner, one of ...
I'm baffled
Ed, I'm pretty sure if you suggest David Yates' default, it will not cause memory problems.
Great Players; Great Books
Charles, it's a concept, not a legalistic document. He's looking for the input from winning players of "top events."
Buchwald on Bridge
Probably, Shawn. Not definitely, but most likely.
Missed Game-YBTJ
Even if the diamonds do come in, you need to guess the heart finesse “backwards,” i.e., the Queen with the non-opener.
A Simple (I think!) Question
I’m with John. I checked “Other” because I’m not telling partner I like the suit—I have no idea whether I like it—but rather, I’m telling her I have the 9 and 8, but not a picture. That’s the information that she needs.
!S Jx !H AKxx !D AKxxx !C xx
Just wondering...how would a bidding poll answer that returned 1 distinguish between the last two choices presented here?
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