An attribute I value (for bridge and otherwise) is recognizing what you do not know: ask more questions, state fewer conclusions. Only sometimes do I act as I say one should act.
Wish that master points award system would motivate players to continue to challenge themselves to improve: need to better align awards with the achievements producing the awards.
Wish that club directors would (politely) instruct players about Unauthorized Information and Logical Alternatives; that is, Fair Play. Not a crime (but then, not an accolade, either) to take too much or too little time to think about a call or play, but is unethical for partner to take winning inferences from the pace of the call or play.
Am deeply involved in developing and teaching after school bridge programs. Teach play before bidding (mini-bridge), teach declarer play before defensive play, teach notrump play before suit play. But, first, ensure kids are safe, have fun, allow other kids to learn, and respect each other, the teachers, and the school. See www.newenglandyouthbridge.org.
Loved bridge from the moments I learned to play, but placed bridge behind other matters such as career and family. Took a 15 year hiatus from significant play.
Still improving as a player. Do not look forward to the time when my skills will plateau.
Best skill as a bridge player: envisaging during the auction how the play might proceed. Poorest skill as a bridge player: perhaps too many to mention.
Yes, issues of understandability can be sourced both to severity of detail and to severity of explanatory language. Both need to be addressed. Is, for example, Option 1 to Multi really the simplest option that is at all acceptable, or can something simpler, even though less complete, be provided? (Here ...
Thank you for that, Andrew.
Upthread, I raised the issue about whether the problems that JoAnn was mentioning might be caused by: (1) the difficulty of understanding the written ACBL defenses; or (2) the fact that ANY written defense had to be presented.
Having reviewed Andrew's cite, I do ...
"Lots of defense"? Referring to the 6 HCP in a suit where the opponents have a maximum combined length of three cards, referring to the even split with falling ♥Q in the opponents' suit, referring to the singleton ♦K, referring to the club fragment sitting in front of the strength ...
how could I have/missed the obvious/youth bridge efforts would be more successful/if only we failed to use bidding boxes/maybe we should return those old boxes we bought on the cheap from a local bridge club/then we'd be much more successful/how short-sighted of us ...
Is it table space? Is it ambiance? Is it cost?
Who the heck knows? The reasons keep changing, but the rant against them continues.
When this "discussion" began, I thought it was just about the advisability of bidding boxes: would it be better for the youth to use them or ...
If someone used the expression to me "takeout for hearts", I would reply "what?"
Some time I will take a look at the ACBL prescribed defense and be able to offer a personal opinion as to its degree of clarity; for the moment, I am just asking those who have ...
Not following the objections, Art. First of all, each foul in basketball does carry a punishment of effecting a turnover or a free throw; ejection is the result only from excessive fouling. Second of all, I don't believe that extraneous communication in bridge is itself against the rules (although ...