Pattern Power

07 16, 2018 - Hand 1
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Graeme and Bajir know how important patterns are to improving your play. So we’ve got another video for you all about shapes, patterns, and counting.

First and foremost, you have to memorize the common patterns. The vast majority of hands and suits will be distributed in one of these ways. Once you have those down, it will be much easier to keep track of suits and deduce things about the cards.

In today’s hand, our hosts get doubled in a low-level contract. Can they make it? With some careful counting, it’s a breeze!

See if you can match their success on this one. Remember, know your patterns and use them to fill in the gaps in your information.

33 Comments

  1. carro88 says:

    Went off 1st time letting them win JS. Another go and made it.
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  2. player4 says:

    Despite being confident of 8 tricks, didn’t redouble in case they rebid as I was so weak in both of the suits they’d shown. Feeling somewhat cowardly and a bit pathetic now…
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    • janemart says:

      I’m feeling the opposite @player4. I just scraped the contract with the 8 as the last trick, but things were looking pretty gloomy until then. 2XX down would put you quite near the bottom of the board, so I’m feeling a bit foolhardy. (Albeit a rather happy fool 🙂 )
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    • kbalagopal says:

      @player4 @janemart and I went down 1 for a teeny tiny 14% ugh
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  3. bowman says:

    Made 2H 2nd time I played it
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  4. johng says:

    making 9 by playing a low club from dummy to lead – East takes the Ace then plays a club to dummy’s K. thank you very much
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  5. redsquirrel says:

    As with @johng made 9 playing low club from dummy
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  6. peter49 says:

    The first time only made 8 with 2HXX, but eventually made 9.
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  7. peralph says:

    Absolutely baffled as to why West doubled. Three suits have been bid, so it’s not takeout. As for penalty, eight points and three small hearts? I was definitely expecting West to have at least four hearts, if not five.@graham, is it time for a programming tweak? If not, can you provide some insight?
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  8. kbalagopal says:

    @kbalagopal dang it! 9 on replay for a tippy top score
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  9. linda2009 says:

    3h made; wonder if I can duplicate again?
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  10. Made 9 first try. Hands fit so well. No problem at all.

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  11. debdaniels says:

    All about playing spades early!
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  12. suzie says:

    Made 2H, first try. Curious as to why East led 3H after taking trick with A?
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  13. rita928 says:

    Took me several times to make 2HX!!
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  14. squarepeg61 says:

    Made 2X on the first try.


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  15. player4 says:

    Funny how things go @janemart. I replayed the hand this morning, after seeing your message, redoubled this time, and made 9 tricks for a top score! This game just plays with ones emotional state – pathetic cowards, happy fools, puffed out chests occasionally. Probably in need of counselling…. Perhaps @graeme has a psychiatric practice on the side and is creating massive demand.
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  16. jeanne says:

    Went down the first time and made it the second time!
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  17. holley says:

    Glad i stayed at 2H
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  18. jonana says:

    couldn’t resist the double double. just scraped in
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  19. delta says:

    Made 8
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  20. delta says:

    You very interesting, you. mine led club and held up
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  21. delta says:

    Typo tku
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  22. mcfluff says:

    Would not normally redouble, but with strong supported H’s to the JQK seemed an odd double by west. Made 8 tricks comfortably just taking the bidding into consideration. Possibly everyone was 5 3 3 2 ? On my phone, so can’t see this. Will look at the video later.
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  23. romey78 says:

    Fabulous videos – this shape visualisation is a most original concept- mastering it is the way to lift ones game – it’ll take some doing though but these videos help – thank you!

  24. sockstevens says:

    again safe but in the money
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  25. billhaustin says:

    just watched the “Pattern” video. Seems confusing and for some learners, especially auditory ones (learn from what they hear), the video’s good intent is lost somewhat from the production value of the presentation.

    I see the value of having hand patterns as a tool in our bridge tool bag.

    There some considerations however that get in the way of practicing tools like this one. First one that comes to mind is that new or noice bridge players are often playing with other new or other novice players. We don’t have consistent players along with us when we are trying to learn these tools. Therefore, the practice is thwarted by the frequent “off the wall” plays of the other novice players. It takes playing with well seeded players to be able to learn high level tools so that topics like “pattern visualization” can become an effective tool for someone. Just saying do this for a couple of weeks or months doesn’t assure the learning curve will happen.

    Perhaps a major tool like this one should have been presented in a MORE PLANNED and thought out manner. Such as, letting us know the end game or purpose without the cross talking and side conversation interruptions.

    You guys are trying to help us. We know that. The experience you have playing from day to day is however not remembered or not considered when the presentations and ideas are made. Distractions like side conversations and not giving your audience a clear understanding of what is going to transpire hinders your good intentions.

    As a professional trainer of adult learning I can share the try to emphasize the importance of you considering the auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners that are out here trying to learn. We all carry each of these styles of learning but with different levels of utilization. When you allow side conversations you literally lose the auditory learners. If you don’t allow kinesthetic learners the opportunity to test their “must do it” need to do the hand themselves first to see what their outcome is they can’t know what impact using patterns can have for them. When you draw patterns on a spiral pad and flash them up at the last possible second, it minimizes the impact that action could have had for visual learners that a planned formal sign visual could have had at the beginning of the lesson.

    In short, you took a really ‘high level” tool that can and eventually will help bridge players and made it twice over more difficult than it had to be. My guess is that you lost virtually all learners, not from the topic being too hard but from the presentations lack of production value.

    Please consider this. Especially for future topics that are conceptual and high level. Last thing I think you wish to do is to push away your base from what might be thought of as “they don’t even care to talk over how the lessons are delivered It looks like they just shoot from the hip and expect you to have perfect practice conditions to learn bridge.”

    Guys. For most of us this is a pass time. Very few play bridge every day and with polished professionals that don’t make a lot of mistakes that allow us to play and learn well. We’re having to almost learn in spite of the people we play with. That’s one reason we come to computer bridge. For high level of play and consistency. When we see “don’t care or playful lessons of high level concepts” if gives us reason to look at what we see and say “NOT HERE! They don’t even try to make and effort to help us. They just throw out stuff.”

    There is a limit to causal learnings effectiveness! When you try to present high level concepts please help us by planning the presentations with more care for us than “just getting it done”. Being whimsical can be felt to be none caring when people are trying hard to grasp a hard concept. This video is an unfortunate miss for a very good topic. Disappointed me. Obviously.

  26. Happy to defeat the double.
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  27. @billhaustin, I play at Sky Bridge Club because I feel comfortable here. This club is easy & comfortable & doesn’t take itself seriously.
    There is no charge for the videos, they are there if you want to watch them, or not.
    The best place for learners is at actual learning sessions with like minded people in order to play together & ask when you don’t understand. Trying to learn via the internet or whatever is lonely & difficult.
    There are plenty of clubs & videos out there if this one doesn’t suit you.
    Personally, it suits me fine.
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  28. loulla says:

    Happy to make the eight.
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