The game of bridge is played enthusiastically in every country in the world, and although the languages may be different the cards and the meaning of the various bids are the same.
No matter where you play, partners and partnerships are the name of the game. Without an understanding between partners you are doomed. Partnerships are built on trust so partners should feel secure in each others bidding. If you are a new partnership, keep it simple and bid and play the simplest of conventions and play your heart out when playing each hand. As your partnership deepens you should discuss other conventions and add these to your convention card.
Sometimes opposites attract and this can be a good thing as it doesn’t pay to be too conservative nor to adventuresome. Solid bidding that fully describes your hand is the best road to winning.
Never, never, be upset with your partner or say anything that might upset him or her when a hand goes wrong. Deep down you know that snide remarks, dirty looks and criticism makes things worse. The beauty of duplicate bridge is that each hand stands on its own and every player in your direction has to play the same cards, so get over your loss and keep a positive attitude.
The experts advise players to develop several partnerships, suggesting this will enrich your game as you meet new people and witness different styles of play. You can try different conventions with new partners and refine your game and improve your chances of winning.
Pat Harrington at the Bonita Bridge Club offers a class on April 12th from 9:00 to 11:45 on Slams/Stayman/Transfers and quantitative bids. Just show up or e-mail Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Allan Bello and Kathy Renas on their 77.84% game. Congratulations also to Wayne Humphrey and Fabrienne Willocx who came first in the Marietta and Richard Huggard Silver Platter competition. Their names will be inscribed on the platter for 2010.