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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
6 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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Convention Cards in NABC+ events
Debbie, I’m surprised and disappointed to read this relating to a good competition like an NABC+ event. For six years I lived (and played) in The Villages. The Villages DBC is one of the largest in the USA, populated entirely by “Seniors.” Two years ago I moved to Waynesboro ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
Marty, you keep asking the same pointed question as though your question is evidence of something. The answer to your question is NO. When 4NT is quantitative then your sign-off is 5 NT.
Would you find this play?
If N-S were playing 15-17 NT openings, the J is not marked with West. South could have it and still be at 14HCP. What is clear, however, is that West cannot have any other entry, so the K play is only risking an extra 30 point overtrick if South has ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
This idea that 4NT could (even possibly) be interpreted as RKC for spades is peculiar, if not bizarre. By his first bid North had shown a game forcing strength with a 5+ card club suit. He then bid spades once. Is that the action of a player whose predominant length ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
A comment on the p.s.--In a "standard" Blackwood sequence, how do you sign off after a 5 response to your 4NT? The answer is, for a standard Blackwood sequence you don't bid 4NT if you can't stand the 5 response. However, if your 4NT ...
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
No, at least not the way Steve taught it to me. IFF the 4NT was quantitative, there was no logic to asking for Kings, so the 5NT was unambiguous. The further reason to do it that way was that the auction might have taken a turn where a 5 ...
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
"... but you've got two!" "Yeah, I know, that was confusing to me too."
Should The Pass be Disallowed after the Pause
I totally agree. I never would have called it by that name, but the bid is one that Steve Robinson taught me when he had 15 masterpoints and I had five. His rule was "it's silly to bid a 32 HCP 6NT and be doubled by the opponent with ...
Adam Gann's bidding problem: K KQxxx Qxx Qxxx
Fishbein was a useful convention when it was invented. To see why, you can read Fred Karpin's very funny book "Psychological Strategy in Contract Bridge." The book was published in 1960, but most of the stories are much older than that. It's hilarious to see the crazy bids ...
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
I suspect that with 8-5-0-0 distribution, they wouldn't be passing 3NT.

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