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06 01, 2018 - Hand 1
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As much as we love bidding rules and cardplay techniques, sometimes the best bridge lessons come from outside the game. Today, Graeme wants to share some advice that’s a bit more general. It’s something he’s learned from another great card game – we’re looking at you, poker!

In poker, losing your cool after a bad hand is deadly. The same is true in bridge. We blame ourselves or our partner for a mistake and we bring our dismay into the next hand. But bad results are a part of the game! We have to learn to take them in stride, and realize that not every bad board is someone’s fault.

Sometimes, you do the right thing but it simply doesn’t work out. As every good poker (and bridge) player knows, you gotta keep your head up and move onto the next hand!

29 Comments

  1. graeme says:

    Not a typical pre-empt but sometimes we can use a bit of artistic licence as the third person to bid.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 3
    P P P

    • ted80 says:

      @graeme I went 2 down on that. How about you?
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 2 3
      P P P

      • graeme says:

        Made 3, @ted80, but I opened 3D and shorter auctions often make more tricks because the opposition have a harder time knowing how to defend. I like short auctions and I’m a lousy bidder anyway so I often just bid what I think will be a reasonable contract and hope for the best.

    • gracan says:

      @graeme I don’t understand why E didn’t open spades? 6-10 points and 7 spades?
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 2 3
      P P P

      • graeme says:

        It’s supposed to be a good 7 card suit, @gracan, with not much strength outside the suit. East’s spades aren’t great and she has 5 points outside the spade suit. Not good.

        The more you play the more you’ll see how suit quality plays an important part in hand evaluation. Points, length and suit quality are all part of the big picture.

        Hope that helps!

    • beachcomber says:

      @graeme I want 2 down the first time I called it (3D) but used a bit of artistic licence and made 4 when I pre=empted with 11 pts!
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 3
      P P P

  2. hound says:

    I thought i would be a bottom score but lots of good company 🙂 . Looking forward to seeing the video.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  3. rahamrick says:

    Everything was going fine, until I decided to take out another heart loser before taking out the trumps. 🙁 Down 3!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P P 2 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  4. ymetjp says:

    I pressed the wrong button! So easy to do especially when you are half awake! One down in 5 clubs. Pity North hadn’t left me in two no trump.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 2N
    P 5 P P
    P

  5. vals says:

    Didn’t play trumps early enough
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  6. redsquirrel says:

    Wasn’t concentrating first time, need to on this kind of hand, made 3D 2nd time left tackling clubs until after trumps drawn!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  7. janemart says:

    I couldn’t have bid or played more differently from graeme if I’d been trying to, but we are equally at peace with our play.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  8. gracan says:

    @Graeme yes it does make sense thank you
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  9. rita928 says:

    I opened a weak 2D, opponents bid 2S and made 3 for a horrible score for me!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P P 2 P
    P P

  10. kadiritf says:

    We went down two (2)… and played it twice….!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  11. I know, my 3NT is a bit risky, but apparently it makes, and partner destroyed it.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3N
    P 5 P P
    P

  12. debdaniels says:

    3D makes– but not the first time for me.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  13. debdaniels says:

    Again 3NT is the ticket! Not easy to get there tho– N will bid 5C if you go too fast!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 2N
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  14. wilma says:

    Wilma

    Graham, this is a funny hand. With a singleton S one should nat bid Trumps and yet, we made it?

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 2N
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  15. blondie58 says:

    Made it the second time around. Tried to be too fancy! Gets you most of the time lol 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  16. Also played in 3diamonds going down 2 tricks. So did others so that wasn’t so bad, but I did rebid & played in ptns clubs which went on to make.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  17. martin-w says:

    Make 4 easy
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 2 2 3
    P P P

  18. wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37 I like your philosophy on short auctions. It truly does make the defenders guess as opposed to a more involved auction. It never occurred to me to consider a
    preempt but after playing the hand and going down 1 in 5 . Took your advice and gave the quality of the hand a second look. Preempt is the way to go…discounting the useless
    K.

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