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Learning to play bridge

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Maybe with the recession families will again find that playing games at home is fun and inexpensive. Will Smith recently began to learn bridge, and he provides some tips from the experience:

I Am, Apparently, a Natural Player I was told this by Andrew Robson, bridge correspondent and former world champion. It is a milestone in my life to be declared a natural at a sport. Any sport. Which bridge is, having been recognised as such in 1997 by the International Olympic Committee.

It’s More Complicated Than It Seems Like cricket, the basic rules are easy to grasp. Bridge: win tricks with suit’s highest card. Cricket: stop ball hitting sticks. Also like cricket, bridge has myriad rules and obfuscating terms. Such as “undertricking”, which sounds like a magician cutting short his act at a children’s party.

Don’t Try to Explain the Rules to Your Wife When You’ve Had Only One Lesson There is nothing more humiliating for an apparently natural player than having your statements questioned, and being forced to check the facts on Wikipedia. Actually, there is. Discovering she was right.

Telepaths Only Need Apply The element of mind-reading involved in silently agreeing a trump during the bidding stage makes picking your partner a delicate process. In one beginners’ game I played, it might have helped if mine had known the difference between clubs and spades. They also suggested it would be easier if more colours were introduced to the pack. This is the sort of person you should follow to see how they manage to open doors.

At Some Point Someone Will Make a Very Bad British Film About Bridge I predict it will tell the tale of a working-class British player who shakes up the bridge establishment with his uncouth, rock’n’roll ways. The story will climax at the World Championships, where some crusty old traditionalist will try to sabotage our hero’s chance of winning because he doesn’t want to see the game popularised and full of riff-raff. But our hero wins the game, the audience and the heart of a random girl. There’ll be an excruciating cameo from David Beckham and an unfunny scene with the Queen and Prince Philip watching the TV in bed.

Bill Gates Plays Bridge Online, of course. He may play it in person as well, but he definitely part-owns bridgebase.com and regularly uses it. I tried to join in, but, typically, Bill required me to run Windows on my Mac, something I am not prepared to do. If I wanted my Mac to run like a PC I would leave it out in the rain and whack it with a hammer before turning it on. …

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Written by LeisureGuy

25 November 2008 at 11:53 am

Posted in Bridge, Daily life, Games

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  1. Bridge is the most violent sport I have ever played. A friend got out of his chair and knocked his wife to the floor because he diagreed with her bidding.

    Bob Slaughter

    25 November 2008 at 5:04 pm

  2. Great article

    constant reader

    25 November 2008 at 8:50 pm


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