DOREEN MACMILLAN: Bridge Scene - Today’s conventions are different

When you ask an expert which conventions are most important to know or the most useful in communicating your hand to your partner, you will get many opinions.

Surprisingly, some of the oldest tried and true conventions are no longer the best for today’s game, which is more offensive with squeezes and end plays being brought into the mix. Games which you thought could not be made are makeable, because you are evaluating your options and offering a certain give-and-take to the play that you never considered doing in the past.

The cards are the same, the rules are the same, but technique and planning, counting and bidding have become finer-tuned. Any player can develop skills to find that extra trick or right suit or right opening lead, which requires some visualization and luck.

You know the saying, “The harder I work, the luckier I get,” well this applies to your bridge game.

There are so many books on the game of bridge and so many lessons available at all levels of play, plus practice opportunities galore on the computer that players have become stronger.

The third World Bridge Federation Women’s Online Bridge Festival will be played April 12-18, with two individual tournaments followed by two pairs tournaments each day.

To find out more about this event, designed solely for women players, go to www.wbfwomenbridgeclub.org

The festival is designed to be enjoyable and fun and gives you an opportunity to play against women from around the world.

Register at Bridge Base on-line and set up your account. Bridge Base suggests $20 be placed in your account. Setting up an account is not hard to do and is secure so you don’t have to fear that your credit card or identity will be compromised. For every tournament you enter, $1 or $2 will be withdrawn from your account and any monies you win will be added.

If you have any questions on the festival, feel free to e-mail Joan Gerard joanandron@att.net and she will be pleased to help.

© 2010 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features