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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

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 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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Prelude to Bermuda Bowl-1959
David, I was tickled by your first paragraph, commenting on the photo you linked. Steve Robinson and I got out of the University of Maryland at the same time, February 1963. We both got jobs, so we couldn't consider taking off a week in March to go to an ...
What is the right thing to do?
I vote one "Like" for John's explanation of what he would do, another "like" for his explanation of why he would do it, and a third "like" for his explanation why it has nothing to do with "the right thing to do." And BTW, how come nobody's mentioned ...
What do you expect?
Ronald, you didn't say how you play 1M (pass) 3NT. It seems to me that an opponent throwing in a little nuisance 2m overcall should work to your disadvantage, in that they are warning you. But it shouldn't work to your disadvantage, by forcing you to perturb your ...
Did the Director get it right?
I checked "other" for that reason. The director, after being told the board was not shuffled, nevertheless told them to play on? What manner of craziness is this?
Hawaii NABC Needs Your Support
See, Michael, not all internet shorthand is unprintable.
ATB - Undoubled contract
If North doubles for takeout and South leaves it in, West will probably guess that his partner has only four clubs, and therefore a five card major. If that's my position, I'd bid 2 with the West cards. If my partner has a nice fragment in diamonds ...
ATB - Undoubled contract
Right. The problem arises for South when North responds to his double with a 2 rebid. No major fit, and what does South do then?
A not-so-"minor" problem
Lynn, your diamonds look longer in the hand diagram, but it's a typesetting illusion.
A Close Decision at IMPs
I think his point is that once two rounds of spades live, North can see the set in his own hand if South switches to a diamond right now. So North throwing away the master spade is an alarm bell.
From a bidding box when is a bid final?
Ed: In re your question about "discouraging" a player from fiddling with his (her) bidding cards-- After 18 years with Biddy, I've got her down to (generally) one or two times a month. That's down from 3-4 times per session when we got married. My "discouraging" has been ...

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