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D Thirdly, it's important to observe the opposition.

To explain this bridge jargon for the non-bridge

player, the 'opposition' are the two people of the

partnership you play against in a bridge game.

If the opponents are sizing you up, trying to

decide, 'Is this person a good bridge player?' - Use

this information to your advantage! All's fair in love

and bridge.

Male bridge players are especially well known for

underestimating female opposition. Ladies, to take

advantage, smile sweetly, flutter your eyelashes and

in the most emptyheaded way possible, say 'Hi'.

This usually leads to them not taking you

seriously. They put down their guard and relax and

you can take advantage! You've won the mind game

and are likely to win the bridge game!

This tactic is especially useful if you are a LOL.

LOL? Little old lady. Little old ladies are the stories

of bridge legends.

ONE TRUE STORY

Some years ago someone I know was playing in a

local competition. This person was extremely

competitive and hungry for success. He went over to

his partner and said, 'Great, we are playing two little

old ladies next, should be a walkover!'

They played, and the two little old ladies won by

a huge margin. Our man was puzzled. How could

he have been beaten by two little old ladies?

The two little old ladies were Rixi Markus and her

partner. Rixi Markus was one of the most successful

bridge players of all time!

So to summarise - how to play bridge, and live to

tell the tale:

D Decide whether you are going to play sober or

drunk;

D Prepare for the mind games and little old ladies;

D And most importantly, make sure you choose the

right partner to play with!

Thank you Krista Powell Edwards who sent this

humorous piece in. As a member of the Association

of Speakers Clubs, Krista used this for an

assignment.

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