Monday, June 07, 2004 3:06 AM
Why Improve Your Bridge ?
Why improve your bridge ? In any sport there is a human desire to improve ones skill. This is an ego generated human response. Losing sucks and have other people perform better then you all the time is no fun. Therefore you are always learning in Bridge . Looking for an edge to beat the opponents is another natural human response . The partnership aspect of the game is another re-enforcement for improving. You do not want to let your partner or team mates down with inferior skill at the game of Bridge.
Some people just play bridge as an escape mechanism and have no desire to learn. Some people feel they are good enough already so do not have to improve. They do not want to expend the effort necessary to learn as they “may forget” . These people by staying static are missing out on a positive aspect of the game of Bridge . Learning new things and improving in Bridge is fun ! The complexity of the game allows even experts to continue improving . Researching new ideas , trying new conventions all add to your overall skill as a player. You must have a positive attitude towards improving no matter your age. There is no reason why a player can not be better at age 70 than at age 50 unless you let your mind rust.
I have included some quotes from the Bridge World plus a news item that says playing bridge might be good for stimulating your immune system !!
Because every hand is different, the intellectual challenge of bridge never ceases. Besides, and more importantly, my father often noted that, "If you don't play bridge, you'll have a miserable old age." Since that time is getting closer, this is no time for my interest in bridge to lag or diminish.
- Rudy Boschwitz
Many games provide fun, but bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust, you know, but bridge prevents the rust from forming.
- Omar Sharif
Just as muscles will atrophy when not used regularly, so will brain power deteriorate when not maintained with stimulation. Most people attempt to achieve this exercise in pleasant activities, such as reading novels or attacking crossword puzzles. Bridge offers an exciting way to partake in mental exercise.