My parents played bridge often and enthusiastically. As a child listening to their post-mortems I swore that I’d never play. That determination only lasted until I was 22!
They did teach me one important thing. You can’t play good, constructive bridge if you get angry with your partner. Partners, including computer partners, make mistakes frequently and so do you. Just learn from a mistake, don’t dwell on it or punish your partner.
20 odd years ago, Graeme and I founded the House of Cards, a bridge club in Christchurch New Zealand. Our fundamental philosophy was that the game should and must be played in a friendly atmosphere.
House of Cards is now one of the largest clubs in New Zealand and I’m positive that this is due to our reputation as a relaxed, friendly and constructive place to play. We have many supervised sessions when you can ask for help, which are very popular.
Due to the demands of the House of Cards and the fact that I’ve 8 grandchildren, I find that I have less time to spend on Sky Bridge Club. I’m still involved on a lesser basis and I’m always happy to be contacted by @tina if you’ve a knotty problem.
I’d also be delighted to see you at my club if you’re ever in Christchurch.