Monday, October 21, 2019

Director's Corner

The Convention Card

The purpose of the convention card is to fully disclose to the opponents your partnership agreements which include bidding systems and carding--how you lead and signal. Both partners must have identical cards filled out prior to the game. An opponent may ask to look at your card prior to play. Or he may ask to see it when it is his turn to bid.

A good reason to fill out a convention card with your partner is that it helps you to understand and come to an agreement on your bidding and signaling methods. Doing this can help you avoid costly errors in not knowing for example what a jump overcall means--is it weak or is it strong. Once you have filled out a convention card, put that partner's name on it and save it. You will then be able to refresh your memory the next time you play with him.

Can you look at your convention card during the bidding and play? No, unless the club relaxes this rule for very new players. All others may not use their card as a memory crutch and refrain from peeking at their card during the bidding or play.

Tags: Convention Cards

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Director's Corner

There are procedures in duplicate bridge that everyone should develop for fair play for all. Here are some of those procedures.

1. Have a fully filled out convention card with your current partner. Players who play with different partners often keep the filled out convention card for future use and to review before the game.

2. Avoid slow play.

3. Allow your bid to speak for itself. Additional body language, comments, dropping or slamming your bid on the table, etc. can cause you to receive a director call and a possible score adjustment.

Tags: Bridge, paying procedures, convention card, slow play, allow bid to speak for itself

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Director's Corner

Developing good habits in the use of the bid box include:

1. Making up your mind what you are going to bid before you reach into the bid box. If you move from a bid to the pass card or two different bids, you give unauthorized information to your partner.
2. Develop the habit of placing your thumb over the bid you select as you pull the bid card out. Look at the bid card before you place it on the table. This ensures that you've got the card you want.

Tags: Director's Corner - bid boxes

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tips for Improving Your Game (cont.)

This week we will look at declarer play in a No Trump contract. First, pause to count your sure tricks. These are tricks you can take without losing the lead. If you don't have enough sure tricks to make your contract, decide which suit offers the best chance of creating more winners. Attack that suit first. Give up the tricks you have to lose early in the play. Count the cards in that suit. When you have developed the necessary tricks, play the winners in that suit. Last, cash honors in your short suits.

Tags: Declarer play, No Trump, contract

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tips for Improving Your Game

Do you want to improve your game? Over the next few weeks, we will look at some ways to do just that. We will start with declarer play first.

1. Don't play to the first trick until you have made a plan. Take some time to think about the bidding and the opening lead. Determine what can you deduce from these two things.
2. For suit contracts, it is best to count your losers. Do you have too many? Make a plan as to how you can eliminate a loser or two by trumping in dummy or throwing losers off on long suits.
3. After drawing trump, attack you longest side suit first. You may have to give up a trick to develop more winners. Consider when you want to do this--early if you have control of the other suits--later if you think there is a chance of a favorable split.

Next week we will look at declarer play in no trump.

Tags: Tips, declarer play, suit contracts, Improving your game

Friday, May 3, 2019

A Little Humor

We had a partnership misunderstanding. My partner assumed I knew what I was doing.

I'd like a review of the bidding with all the original inflections.

Tags: Enter tags

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

When is a card a played card?

There are two answers--one for declarer and one for defenders. Let's take the easy one first. A defender's card is played if it was held in such a way that it was possible for partner to have seen it, even if partner did not see it.

Declarer's card is played if it is faced and touches or nearly touches the table, or is maintained in a position indicating it has been played, or that he intends to play it. Dummy's card must be played if declarer names a card or if declarer touches it to play it. If the call is inadvertent ("Oh no" or "Wait") with no pause for thought before correcting, the card does not have to be played.

Tags: bridge, card played

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

I'm Giving Up Bridge

By Anonymous:
I'm giving up Bridge, tonight's my last night.
It's amen to Stayman, I give up the fight.
The insults and muddles are giving me troubles.
I can't sleep at night for thinking of doubles.

My cards are all rotten, and I have forgotten,
Who's played, and what's trumps, and what's gone on my right!
So for now it's all over, I'm off to the backwoods.
I'm bidding good-bye to Gerbers and Blackwoods.

I can't stand the hassle, I can't stand the pain.
I'm getting those bad cards again and again.
So I'm giving up Bridge, tonight's a bad night.
Declarer is horrid and nothing's gone right.

My partner's a dope and I'm losing all hope.
And when she says "double," I know we're in trouble.
My points are not high, and I'm wondering why
She kept right on bidding, clear up to the sky.

We're in seven spades, and all my hope fades,
When to my surprise, the high bidding pays!
We're winning all tricks; the defenders look sick,
And I have to admit, my partner's a brick.

But I'm giving up Bridge, tonight's my last night.
Farewell to conventions, I give up the fight!
So I leave with few words, but some that are true,
Bridge is a game - not for me, but for you.

So be kind to your partners and don't mind their cheek.
For it's only a game.
Oh yes, I'll see you next week!

Tags: bridge, humor

Friday, March 15, 2019

Concealed Partnership Understandings Prohibited

According to the Laws of Duplicate Bridge: Law 40.B. Concealed Partnership Understandings Prohibited:
A player may not make a call or play based on a special partnership understanding unless an opposing pair may reasonably be expected to understand its meaning, or unless his side discloses the use of such call or play in accordance with the regulations of the sponsoring organization.
  • Bridge is not a game of secret messages; the auction belongs to everyone at the table.
  • Remember that the opponents are entitled to know the agreed meaning of all calls.
  • The bidding side has an obligation to disclose its agreements according to the procedures established by ACBL.
  • When asked, the bidding side must give a full explanation of the agreement. Stating the common or popular name of the convention is not sufficient.
  • The opponents need not ask exactly the "right" question.
  • Any request for information should be the trigger. Opponents need only indicate the desire for information - all relevant disclosure should be given automatically.
  • The proper way to ask for information is "please explain."
  • Players who remember that a call requires an Alert but cannot remember the meaning must still Alert.
  • In all Alert situations, Tournament Directors should rule with the spirit of the Alert procedure in mind and not simply by the letter of the law.
  • Players who, by experience or expertise, recognize that their opponents have neglected to Alert a special agreement will be expected to protect themselves.
  • Adjustments for violations are not automatic.
  • There must have been misinformation.
  • An adjustment will be made only when the misinformation was a direct cause of the damage.
  • Note also that an opponent who actually knows or suspects what is happening, even though not properly informed, may not be entitled to redress if he or she chooses to proceed without clarifying the situation.
  • When an Alert is given, ASK, do not ASSUME.
[Read More at ACBL]

Tags: ACBL, Laws, Duplicate Bridge, Concealed Partnership Understandings, Prohibited