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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 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?

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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1NT or 1S??
What Richard said! This may seem like a semantic nit, but I think it reflects a way of thinking. Upgrade and downgrade are misleading terms. Every Jack I have is a Jack they don't have. In terms of how the hand will play if we get the contract, that ...
Awkward fourth suit forcing auction
What Kieran wrote. We are already forced, so what's the rush? If there's a slam afoot, conserving bidding space could be useful.
ACBL Chief Executive Dismissed
@Christopher: I think what Richard Fleet is suggesting is obscured by including the descriptor "family owned." I think what he's talking about is a relatively small-to-medium size company that's been in business for a long time. I too worked for such a company for 21 years. It was ...
How should declarer approach 3N? (Part one)
I suspect Steve K may have fallen into the trap of discarding a card he needs to retain in order to lead towards his hand later. When LHO chose to lead top of nothing, I think it unlikely he has a good spade suit headed by the AQ. I think ...
How should declarer approach 3N? (Part one)
Yes, the third heart may well allow one of the defenders to make a good discard. But since I would not have revealed anything about my pointed suits, it would also allow that defender to make what he thought was a good signal but would turn out to be a ...
How should declarer approach 3N? (Part one)
This could work out well, other than having to guess what to discard on the last club if we cash them all. They last discard from dummy will be a pisser. If the heart suit were divided between our two hands I would be more optimistic of concealing my hopes ...
How should declarer approach 3N? (Part one)
Richard, given that I own the AKQJ10, I don’t see the 9 lead as revealing. The one thing I think it reveals is that there isn’t a disastrous stack of spades behind me. With that, I think LHO would likely have led one. Playing off three rounds of ...
How should declarer approach 3N? (Part one)
This annoying club lead may have accidentally screwed up our entries. In fact, I would not rule out the possibility of a 5-1 club split, which makes the lead even worse for us. The various possibilities in spades and diamonds are myriad, and hard to evaluate without a paper and ...
How should declarer approach 3N? (Part one)
David, Kit already said that [upon a cursory reading] he didn't know how he'd play the hand. I think he was merely suggesting that out of eleven specific alternatives in the OP, it was surprising that there was none that said "run the clubs and watch the discards."
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Sriram, I certainly understand that when I click on an alert that says "Albert Able liked your comment on How Would You Bid This Hand," I will be taken to that comment, not to the beginning of the thread. On the other hand, I can't understand the part about ...
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