Bridge is a partnership game. You cannot play the game alone. You must tell your partner the truth about your hand so that you both can arrive at the right contract. If you bid two clubs after your partner’s opening one no trump, for example, without eight points and a four-card major, you are lying to her. She is counting on you for at least eight points and a four-card major.
Trust your partner. And give her every reason to trust you. Marriages have ended and people have been shot in unhappy partnerships. Trust your partner.
Karl Hicks, an ACBL director from Nova Scotia, once opened a game by saying:
“I would remind you all that your partner did not come here today to intentionally ruin your day.
So when your partner does something that you think is at best ridiculous, you should say nothing for three reasons:
1. Upon reflection, you could be wrong.
2. There could have been something in the bidding or play that would have helped your partner make the right decision, and,
3. More importantly, you will do something in the next few sessions that will be equally inferior or worse and you don’t want to hear about it. So be nice to your partner and your opponents. We have new players here and we want them to come back.”
Amen. We do have many new players here, and they are doing well. Most students in the bridge class are playing now and having a good time. We would like to keep it that way.
Inga’s sister Sibba (don’t worry about their last names) is visiting from Iceland, and she came to class last week and then played with me on Thursday. She is delightful.
We celebrated April birthdays on Monday and sang to Mickie Braswell and Sid Meyers and enjoyed cake in their honor.
Harriette Saunders had surgery last week. We are hoping she will return to the game soon. And we are still missing Mona McConnaughey who is nursing a sore arm and shoulder.
All games in April are charity games, either ACBL charities or local charities. The club gives a portion of our intake to charities on those days.
We are delighted that Gary Partin and Joe Hatch are learning the computer. Only Sherry Owens and Sterling Jarrett know how to set up the game on the computer and send out the scores, and when they are both absent, we are in a mess. It will be wonderful to have two more people who know what to do.
We could also use some more teachers. I understand that there is some interest in a Beginner Bridge course. Maybe in the fall. Our club is blessed to have so many volunteers who are willing to help promote the game. Thank you, all.
The church will be closed on Monday, April 10, so we will not have a game that day.
Thursday’s results: N/S first, Jeannie Exum and Fran Jilcott; second, Tommy Franklin and Pat Keim; third, Bill Warren and Kitty Sauls. C—first, Bob Harding and Maureeen Prys; second, Betsy Harrold and Gary Partin.
E/W first, Billy Bizzell and Shelby Bizzell; second, Joe Hatch and Al Takemoto; third, Gyl Olafsson and Inga Einisdottir. C—first, Mary Emma Stevens and Migeon Knowles.
Monday’s winners: N/S first, Fran Jilcott and Dayle Pond; second, Tommy Franklin and Barbara Ann Vinson; third, Bob Harding and Maureen Prys. B—second, Gary Partin and Betsy Harrold.
E/W first, Joe Hatch and Faye Hatch; second, Shelby and Billy Bizzell; third, Inga Einisdottir and Gyl Olafsson.
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