10 Suggestions To Improve Your Game
Play well rested. A well rested player makes fewer mistakes and
is more likely to maintain a sense of humor.
Do not play conventions you only partially understand.
Time spent going over your convention card before the game will be productive.
Talk about the follow-on bids over transfers, Bergen raises, splinters, and
when are systems ON or OFF. How you will handle preempts. For example,
what does the double in this series mean: Pass, Pass, 4 Spades, X? Make sure
any understanding or partnership agreement is on your card. Are "super
accepts" or "double stole my bid" on your card.
- Defense is a half of the game, yet often
gets overlooked. Talk with your partner about carding, signals and leads.
Do you lead Ace from Ace-King? When do you want partner to show attitude,
when count? Help your partner by making lead directing doubles of artificial
- First Trick Habits: When you're declarer
and left hand opponent has lead the first card, spend a few moments
thinking about your hand and dummy before ever calling for a card from
the dummy. Remember the bidding (Who bid what?)!
How many tricks do you have? No Trump contracts, count your winners.
Suit contracts, count your losers. What are your key transportation cards?
Do you need to pull trump immediately or cross ruff? Which opponent is the
- Don't play fast! After errors made on
trick #1, playing too fast is the second biggest area of mistakes. Watch
the "spots" on each trick, in every suit. If K,Q,T,9 fall on 1st trick,
A and J are still out. Who has them?
- Be a good partner! Say "good play"
when partner brings it home. Ask partner "no ??" when they shows out
as you might catch/prevent a revoke. Do not criticize partner at the
table. Everyone makes mistakes. Don't rattle your partner and distract
them... a distracted partner is going to make more mistakes. One bad board
can become two or three.
- Call the Director (please!) on any
irregularity. Don't accept "rulings" from opponent. Let the Director
make all rulings.
- Avoid "tells". Just as in poker, you
should not make facial or body gestures or give away any information to
opponents. If your opponents show "attitude" in how they bid, gently ask
them to make all bids and calls the same way. Example, slapping down an Dbl
late in the bidding suggest that it is a penalty double - Director Please!
All bids and calls (including "Dbl") must be placed on the table in the
same gentle manner.
- Convention Cards. Bring two identical
convention cards to the game. Take time to scan the opponents convention
card before you begin play!
- HAVE FUN ! ! !