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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
 

This week, some more bridge quotes. Starting with Frank Stewart on partnerships and defence:

“Regardless of what sadistic impulses we may harbour, winning bridge means helping partner avoid mistakes.”

Or, you can take this advice from Alfred Sheinwold:

“A player who can’t defend accurately should try to be declarer.”

Of course, if you want to be declarer, you have to bid. Consider this from Jon Baldursson of Iceland:

“Don’t be a pleasant opponent—bid”

Or this from Edgar Kaplan:

“It is well-known that in third seat, you must have 13 cards to open the bidding.”

“If you want to bid naturally and still sound modern, just say your bid shows the suit below the suit above the one you bid.”

Two by Hugh Kelsey, which have a certain truth about them:
“The average defender operates in a fog of uncertainty.”

“If you bid a stop at no trump, then you don’t need to actually have one.”

After bidding, if you find yourself in a contract, you have to actually play it. This advice by Zia Mahmood on locating an honour when finessing may be useful:

“When they don’t cover they don’t have it.”

And a couple of anonymous ones:

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

I would like to hear from readers about their favourite hands—please do contact me at [email protected] Bridge Club of Chiang Mai welcomes all players. We have members from seventeen different countries already. For information on the Club go to the web site www.bridgewebs.com/chiangmai



 
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