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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
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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 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?

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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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How would you rule?
David: “The theory of polling is to assist in deciding whether the BIT suggested that one action might be more successful than another.” David, I may be mistaken about this, but it’s my impression that the first thing a poll needs to determine is whether, lacking partner’s hesitation ...
How Discouraging?
Peg, picture it as a hand diagram in a newspaper column.
How would you rule?
I’m checking to see if I’ve got this right: 1. The highest contract NS could make was 4. They bid normally and sensibly and they were in it for a moment. 2. The highest contract EW could make was 4. West, all by himself, bid [what ...
Greco Wins 2018 Player of the Year
A commonly held fallacy.
Greco Wins 2018 Player of the Year
Peter (et al)—I looked up Eric’s tournament games on ACBL Live. In the past three years, these are his ACBL tournaments below the NABC level: one Regional knockout team event, one single-session Sectional pair event. Three years.
Missed (Grand) Slam
Patrick, I don't think it's an "enlightened English" approach. In USA, playing any sort of natural standard system, the partner of a 2 opener will bid 2 with a negative response, knowing he will have time to investigate suits. Another response other than 2 will ...
Missed (Grand) Slam
John, you might want to go just a little slower. --- KJ10xx Jxxxx KQx 7 will not play well, and it will probably not play undoubled.
Greco Wins 2018 Player of the Year
Was the 1980s a decade? In common parlance, it certainly was. Since there is no particular reason to recognize an arbitrary "zero point" on an infinite timeline, a "decade" is a ten year span, usually recognizable and appropriately named. As, for example, the "first post-war decade" was from 1946-1955.
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
What can I say?
ATF, no not THAT ATF. Assess the futility.
So Dominic--Go back and look again at the bidding, then describe what holding you would have as North that would dissuade you from leading a spade.

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