The Bridge Connection

Games during the week of July 27 through Aug 2 will give double Silver MPs. This is similar to the games in late May. The cost will be 5 BB$ for each player rather than the 3 BB$ we normally charge.

Media rings in on playing bridge F2F (face-to-face) during the pandemic; have a look here to see details ...

Virtual club ► News and other stuff ... click the TBC Virtual Club button just below this bulletin.

If you receive any emails encouraging you to play at local clubs that you do not recognize or believe you have not played at in the last 18 months or so, please let Colin and Michael know ... thanks.

Release 2.19n
For new players
The wonderful thing about bridge is bridge is a wonderful thing

With thanks to A.A. Milne yes. One of the ironies about this wonderful game is that we are always learning. We are, in a way, all beginners ... just some more than others. Advice - there's lots of that. Without restraint, more experienced players overwhelm the new players. The start of one's bridge career is the last place one wants to get overwhelmed. Take the following with you down the path to bridge nirvana which, by the way, is another word for having fun which is the primary goal of the game:

  • The more you learn about this game, the more you forget. Go slowly. When you hear some new (to you) convention at the table, listen. For the time being, work on your foundation and look into expanding your bidding conventions down the road. If you try to attend to conventions too quickly, the yellow brick road will turn into the shards of glass road.
  • Once the play of a hand starts, keep the idle chit-chat to a minimum. As we write this article, we remember situations where we did anything but that. Concentration is a huge part of the play of the hand.
  • Hold your cards up enough that they cannot be seen by anyone else. If you glance around the table and can see someone else's cards, politely ask that person to hold them higher.
  • The Director is in charge of the duplicate bridge room. The primary role of a Director is two-fold
    1. Restoring equity at the table when there is an infraction of the Laws of Duplicate Bridge
    2. Being a model participant in the game by demonstrating kindness, compassion, and polite interaction with the players
  • Jargon is important, but the newer player can be overwhelmed as well by the acronyms and terminology that are used a sthe game is played. One of the best places to obtain an understanding of what other players may be saying is at this location. Be careful when surfing this page that you do not detract from your foundation.
  • A foundation at this game is a combination of baseline bidding and playing techniques that are repeated over and over again. This repetition leads to memory retention, and provides a foundation within which you play. It could be a moving target as your prowess and experience increase. If it indeed moves at a slow pace, that is the best way to proceed.

This page is a work in progress and under constant flux ... come back often smiley.