The prime difference between duplicate bridge and rubber bridge is competitiveness. Not competitiveness between teams, but certainly this is a factor in both games, but it is the individual’s drive to get the most out of each hand that makes the difference in the two games. Rubber bridge is won by the players who get the highest score and duplicate bridge is won by the player who makes the least mistakes.
In duplicate bridge, every table has the same opportunity to bid and play the same hands. In rubber bridge, the cards are shuffled after each hand and there is no record of the deal played and no comparing of results, but, in duplicate bridge, the results are posted and you can compare the score of each hand.
When bidding in either game you and your partner must be in sync! You must agree to use only conventions you both understand and bid in such a manner as to communicate your holdings. You must believe each other, and evaluate your strength or weakness from the bidding. Count your points and evaluate your chances. Sometimes in duplicate bridge it pays to take a loss depending on your vulnerability, but in rubber bridge players gain little by pushing players into poor games.
In both games you should survey your options before you respond to the first lead. You should count your winners or losers and develop a strategy before you take a trick. You should be open to adjusting this strategy and always have a plan B when the cards do not fall were you would like them.
The Naples Bridge Center guest speaker program will host Mike Lawrence on Saturday, Feb. 19. The program starts with breakfast at 8:30 and the first seminar session, “Something For Everyone,” begins at 9:15. In the afternoon session, Lawrence will discuss when to bid, when to double and how to respond when partner takes action over a preempt.
Lawrence writes a regular column in the American Contract Bridge League bulletin, authored 19 bridge books and has won more than 20 national championships.
Call 455-4445 to register and pay the entry fee of $75 for members or $80 for non-members, or go online to NaplesBridge.com to obtain a registration form.