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Ken Rhodes
Ken Rhodes
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 15, 2011
Last Seen
7 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
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You be the Judge - missed game over weak 2
Kevin, at IMPS I totally agree, as does Kit (below). At matchpoints I think that’s a little aggressive, even for me
You be the Judge - missed game over weak 2
Craig, I understand your point but I don't agree with your assessment of East's problem. It East simply raises, it will be to the level where no further investigation is possible. This is a very different situation than if the bidding had begun at the one level with ...
You be the Judge - missed game over weak 2
A problem with the simple spade raise is that it will frequently be made on only three trumps. If your partner has only three trumps opposite your AKxxx, you will need a lot more values from him, probably more than he could have for a simple raise.
You be the Judge - missed game over weak 2
Kevin, IMO a cue bid in this auction by Advancer holding three diamond losers would be an awful bid. If you've got to try to help partner at the three level in a competitive auction, your bid has to be meaningful. A "ubiquitous cue bid" is appropriate when you ...
You be the Judge - missed game over weak 2
Steve, it isn't clear to me that in matchpoints I want to be in game. But in any case, I think I can answer your "West felt..." vs "East felt..." conundrum. East had a good descriptive bid to show his fourth trump, a little side value, and diamond shortness ...
Fitting Card
I like Mike's comment. When the signal is unlikely to be important to partner, why be diligent in signaling the declarer?
Matchpoint Defense Problem
Suppose partner has the Q. If it's a doubleton, how many tricks will we take? Looks to me like it's 1 spade, 2 hearts, and one diamond. And if partner has Qxx, but declarer has 9x, we still only get 2 heart tricks. And in either case when ...
Video footage of kids playing bridge?
Sue, I don't remember seeing your name here before, so it's possible that you're not a regular, and therefore don't know about Debbie Rosenberg and the Silicon Valley Youth (SiVY) Bridge Organization. You might try contacting Debbie with this request. It's possible she has just ...
Mark Jones's bidding problem: AJ987 64 3 AKT87
??? If partner has K AK all he needs is 2-1 spade split. If partner has K A A it's the same. If partner has five baby spades it's not unreasonable to hope he might have A A and either one of the red kings, which means all he ...
Punch the Chump
??? Kit said East split his QJ when declarer led from the dummy.

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