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Ken Rhodes
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Member Since
June 15, 2011
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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
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Member of Bridge Club(s)
The Villages Duplicate Bridge Club
Favorite Tournaments
Outer Banks Sectional, Kill Devil Hills, NC
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Stu, you say Sorry, Ed. But that’s backwards. In the years I’ve been a regular here, Ed has been more consistent on this concept than anybody else here. Players ought to follow the Laws. If enough of us don’t like a certain Law, then we ought to ...
Trial Bid after 1M-2M
Steve Ropbinson's book [i]Washington Standard[/i] also has a discussion of Help Suit game tries, and it includes various types of follow-ups by responder, which can be important to help opener make a decision, and also if opener is thinking of a possible slam.
ATB - High Level Decision
Brozel is custom tailored for this exact hand: the 2 overcall shows diamonds and hearts. Now we're up to 200% for West--100% for failing to bid immediately, and another 100% for selling out to 4.
ATB - High Level Decision
E-W were playing a system absolutely perfect for this hand. Brozel lets West bid 2 showing diamonds and hearts, at least 5-4 in either direction. West's failure to bid that was a mental lapse, not a system shortfall. After 1NT 2 2 ??? East would probably simply ...
ATB - High Level Decision
The 4 bid by South was certainly unusual. But "atrocious?" It converted -650 into -200. If I were North, I'd have said (later, in private) "gee, that was a little speculative, wasn't it?" But the word "atrocious" wouldn't have occurred to me.
A built-in humility adjuster
I looked for a like button next to each of Steve's paragraphs, but sadly there was only a single "Like" to click at the bottom.
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
Michael, I don't agree with you. I think the concept is sound, useful, and important. I think it's the misuse that creates problems. In this "fast arrival" situation, the responder who jumps to game in his suit should be sending a very specific message: "I heard your bid ...
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
Jim, having attended a 3-session class on slam bidding tells me these players are WAY beyond the level I think you portrayed in your original post. If they focused on what they learned about slam bidding, then they should both remember that when one partner makes a strong jump rebid ...
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
Ed, I would agree with your conclusion if I agreed with your two premises: (1) it's a little complicated, and (2) it's a better foundation for slam bidding. I totally agree with (2), for two separate reasons: (a) It's frequently more important to know specific information than ...
ATB but go easy on them, they're 199'ers
Jim, you raise an interesting point, but one that seems cross-threaded with your idea behind your sixth option. Here’s what I mean... Mostly, when we teach the game we build upon prior learning. We seldom ask our students to unlearn something we’ve taught them. But Blackwood isn’t ...
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