YOUR grandchildren, aged 7+, will have been
playing 'Starter Trump Whist' as outlined in
the October 2014 issue, on page 29.
Demanding games whereby you are
introducing the 'special power' of a trump suit do
not lend themselves to lengthy sessions. However,
they should be played over a lengthy period of time,
i.e. months. A session of no more than twenty to
thirty minutes is quite ample for three 'learner'
games for 7 and 8 year olds, and the rest of the card
playing time could be for the development of other
not-so-demanding but enjoyable card games.
What could be helpful is, at odd times when the
grandchildren are visiting, that you make a 'fun'
time of an available few minutes of 'free time'. You
could be in the kitchen, but you pick up a pack of
cards and deal four/five/six or seven cards to each
player. Before picking up the cards, ask your
grandchild to decide on the trumps. Play each
round as outlined in the October article, record the
winner as 1-0. No build-up before the session. No
asking the learner if they want to play. Just a quick,
paced, action-packed and 'fun' few minutes of play.
Before the visit is over, the young person will want
to play a second and third round so that you can
score the official winner as the best of three games
on your wall chart. Yes, that's right. It's time for you
to put the names of all the players on a simple, but
colourful wall chart, starting a family league table to
Pass on Your Enthusiasm
You have been, patiently and tirelessly, going
through each of the various steps, identifying the
'special power of trumps', making progress each
time you play together and, as always, demon strating
your enthusiasm and love of card-playing
games. You may be lucky enough to be continuing a
long family tradition, or it may be that you have
come to this game as a relatively new player while
heading towards retirement. Whatever the situa tion,
you are passing on skills that will ensure that
comradeship and companionship with your
grandchildren will never be far away. How can they
possibly tire of your company if card-loving
grandparents are always ready for a game?
Even in this age of high-tech, if you can make the
playing of cards fun, you will be delighted with how
quickly young people become absorbed and, with
their desire to win, join you in a winning game of
Maybe now is the time to talk about card etiquette.
When your little ones have been 'silly' at the table,
probably because they weren't winning, you have
rightly brought it to their attention. In my next
article our young players will be working together
with a partner and there are some special rules
which they must know about.
Playing with a partner is something new. It may
be that it is the partner who ends up playing the
hands. This will not go down too well at first,
especially if anything is seen to be 'unfair'. Young
people are vigorous in their demands on 'fairness'.
My first experience of this in a school environment
was when dummy's hand went on the table for the
second time, declarer having the most points. With
a loud crash, the table was up-side-down, one child
injured, one child feigning injury, cards flying
everywhere, two accident reports, a detention slip to
be filled out and dummy storming out banging the
door behind him.
This particular dummy actually influenced the
game of Minibridge in schools. From then on, the
dummy always came round to declarer's side and
contributed to the play and even if she/he didn't
have the most points in the declaring partnership,
they would take it in turn to be declarer. Another
problem we had to overcome was the word
'dummy'. The learners not only didn't want to be
dummy, they got very heated about being called
dummy. We finally called a truce and our 'dummies'
were known as the 'silent partners'! r
50 English Bridge February 2015 www.ebu.co.uk
Approaching Minibridge by Liz Dale
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