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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 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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A thought much would it be worth to see dummy before the lead?
Y'know, you can say that with a little more confidence when you're Terrence Reese. When you're Ken Rhodes (a pretty decent player), no way.
A thought much would it be worth to see dummy before the lead?
The strongest pair in the world? What are you, kidding? We will be annihilated. They will outbid us by a wide margin. I'm a decent dummy player, but they will play the dummy significantly better. And I will enjoy having that extra information for my opening leads, but on ...
Ace Remembered
Right, Ed. Just imagine what Al Roth's comment would have been.
Memphis Natl Fast Pairs win taken away by Directors
Good catch, Ray. And yes, those “alternative facts, do paint a different picture, don’t they.
Memphis NABC+ Appeals Cases
Wow! Michael, not only do I agree with you, but I think the final ruling was exactly backwards. If South had detached a card, thought some more, then played a different card, that would have been significant. I think the fact that he played the card he had originally detached ...
To Record or Not To Record, That is the Question
@Bernie: Yes, there is a very simple key that is known only to the holder of the hand (no problem of partner's having the secret), requires no illegal aid to calculation, and which can be divulged to the opponents without compromising your mixed strategy. Add up the numeric values ...
2 diamond bid weak
All this stuff about "misunderstanding" ignores another very live possibility--North psyched his opening bid, and so of course he passed his partner's forcing raise. If I'm East, after that first round of bidding, which do I think is more likely? (a) These opponents don't even know how ...
2 diamond bid weak
On the first round of bidding that’s an accurate summary. The problem occurred when EW failed to get on the same page after the Redouble. At that point, even Biddy would know to ignore any explanation and just listen to South’s bid.
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Ray, I've been playing a long time. A VERY long time. Over the years, I've learned to laugh at just about everything. Had I been East at the table, I'd have made some comment when South's dummy came down. A critical factor, though, is that with ...
Zero tolerance at club games (club directors' comments are appreciated)
Me too. 2, 3, & 5. Plus a general comment: "What the heck happened to good humor?" It was a funny auction. East's comment was a funny comment on a funny auction. South had an easy rejoinder: "Yeah, I sometimes bid funny."

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