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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson

Here are some of my favourite bridge quotes, starting with a comment made by Jan Janitschke when his partner put down dummy:

“Where’s the hand you held during the auction?”

From Victor Mollo (writing in the character of Rueful Rabbit): “Bridge is a great comfort in your old age. It also helps you get there faster.”

Now, a few from Alfred Sheinwold:

“It’s not enough to win the tricks that belong to you. Try also for some that belong to the opponents.”

“One advantage of bad bidding is that you get practice at playing atrocious contracts.”

“The real test of a bridge player isn’t in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once he’s in.”

And a similar thought from Alan Sontag: “It is not the handling of difficult hands that makes a winning player. There aren’t enough of them. It is the ability to avoid messing up the easy ones.”

Now a few from Edgar Kaplan:

“Zia Mahmood gave himself some very good advice when he said ‘Stop’. But he paid no attention.”
“If you are a good enough player, you can get away with making mistakes because nobody will believe it.”

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

And a couple of anonymous ones:

“I’d like a review of the bidding with all the original inflections.”

“South: Alert
East: Yes?
South: I’m requested to further misdescribe my hand.”

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”

And finally from Hugh Kelsey a useful thought in no trump: “If you bid a stop at no trump, then you don’t need to actually have one.”

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 .

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Bridge in Paradise