Friday, August 23, 2002 12:10 AM
Know Thy Partner
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.
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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