Friday, August 23, 2002 12:10 AM

Know Thy Partner

 

PITBULLS:

 

While it is necessary to master your partnership’s conventions, it is crucial to understand your partner’s style.

 

You need to know what to expect from partner, before you can make good bidding decisions. Keep in mind that it is not necessary for you and partner to have the same bidding style. In fact, it is impossible. Make allowances for partners strengths and weaknesses. Make decisions based on your hand and your partners style

 

In the situations below, you must know what partner is likely to do. With a close decision, does she:

 

                Open light?

 

                Preempt aggressively?

 

                Overcall aggressively?

 

                Make light takeout doubles?

 

                Dramatically change her style when vulnerable?

 

             Aggressive slam bidder

 

            Aggressive game bidder

 

            Makes “tight”  penalty doubles

 

            Knows when to pull penalty doubles

 

            Good judgment in balancing

 

            Trap with very big hands

 

            Opens 2C light

 

            Will gamble when appropriate

 

           Will psyche or make similar tactical bids

 

           Good judgment with forcing passes

 

           Has good self discipline

 

 

 

By the way:  It is essential to be consistent — “to thine own self be true.” Whether you are a solid citizen or loose as a goose, stay in character. Dealing with a chameleon is just too tough on the partnership.

 

 

 

 

A Class Act

 

It is hard to play like a champion, but easy to behave like one.

 

A Chump:                                                                              A Champ:

 

gives “free” lessons                                                              does not preach

 

sides with opponents                                                           sides with partner

 

berates partner                                                                     treats partner with respect

 

dwells on bad results                                                            moves on

 

makes partner wish                                                             allows partner to enjoy

he were elsewhere                                                               the game

 

is in her own world                                                              knows that bridge

                                     is a partnership game

 

thinks he knows it all                                                           is willing to learn

 

insists on playing only                                                          is open to partner’s

her conventions/style                                                                 suggestions

 

never makes mistakes  (delusions of grandeur)                     to err is human

 

competes with partner –insists on being the “boss”               competes with opponents

 

blames partner for own mistakes                                          accepts responsibility 

 

Criticizes partner behind her back                                        keeps mouth shut

 

Always negative re-enforcement                                          positive re-enforcement when appropriate

 

Self centered with inflated opinion of her bridge                    “team spirit “ a true partnership

 

Never agrees with partner                                                    Supports partner

 

Pessimistic outlook                                                               Optimistic , positive outlook

 

Insecure egotist                                                                    Bridge self confidence

 

Shows anger when things go wrong                                      Poker face

 

Discusses hands at table                                                       Waits until event is over

 

Criticizes opponents                                                              Polite to opponents

 

Unlucky expert                                                                      Has good “luck”

 

Induces stress                                                                        Relaxed and friendly

 

Eventually runs out of partners                                             No problems finding partners