October 2019 English Bridge
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
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
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