Passion of The Game of Bridge

Bidding, Play & Misclaim (?) Trouble at Sarundajang Cup

Bidding, Play & Misclaim (?) Trouble at Sarundajang Cup

In every tournament, with fatigue and stress fuel mistakes, we sometimes witness how these supposed to be good player performing poorly. And this is one of those stories that we can get the lesson from. This time from the Sarundajang Cup 2015.

Luck in Bridge: The 2 Sides of The Story

Luck in Bridge: The 2 Sides of The Story

Luck (and unluckiness) is quite a heavy topic. You probably can get an Ph.D degree researching about this and we need a wise philosopher to explain it fully to us. So, forget about that. Let us see how we get (or not getting) our luck in bridge in practical manner.

Want to Avoid or Minimize Senility, Forgetfulness? Better Play Bridge!

Want to Avoid or Minimize Senility, Forgetfulness? Better Play Bridge!

Everybody will retire, some¬† sooner or some later. And beside the massive blockage of cash flow (unless you retired rich), one thing that have drastic change is your brain activity. From juggling job task, remembering stuff to be brought, do presentation, closing sales, argument with colleuage, emailling, etc etc to practically nothing…zip…

Off course, for “honey moon” period, you will feel stress-free and light, but after a shortwhile, you will feel eerie feeling of emptiness – in term of brain acticity…

Work Out The Percentage or Probability of (Opening) Hand Distribution During Bidding

Perhaps knowing the statistic of every possible hand only need to be known by Expert that develop a bidding system. But sometimes, you just need to know which is the most probable hand that your partner has. Why? Of course to give you the best contract and giving you the top board !

Bidding Alert: Not Just Courtesy, but a Requirement

Bidding Alert: Not Just Courtesy, but a Requirement

With so many artificial convention that being use commonly or rarely, alerting a special bid will be more often than before. Some people might think the alert is just a courtesy and while the opponent can ask, but it’s not a compulsory to make an alert. Well, that’s no longer true. Alert of every artificial bid that implies other meaning than the willingness to play on that denomination (suit or NT), have to be alert. It’s compulsory.

“Common Sense” In Bridge: It Could Be Dangerous…

I often overheard discussion between partners that they will just continue with “common-sense” after certain bidding – in other word they actually feeling lazy to discuss the rest of the sequence. Some “common-sense” also often being asked to be used in the matter of defense. Well, without the hindsight, you will find the “common sense” is no longer that common and make sense. It actually could lead you to a disastrous situation.

Where is All Of The Courtesy, Maybe It’s Hiding…

Where is All Of The Courtesy, Maybe It’s Hiding…

Bridge is supposed to be a gentlemen games where all the conventions and systems are disclosed to opponent, play nobly and courteously just like the Royals with just hidden smirk when you score a top on a board. But somehow, it’s not happening anymore… Playing normal weekly session at your local club could be distressing as opponents scream each other between board, husbands try to dominates wives, wives screaming to husband, etc… Reducing the enjoyment of the game itself.

Partnership: Bridge Commodity That (not) Hard To Maintain

Partnership: Bridge Commodity That (not) Hard To Maintain

Like it or not, bridge is not individual game. You need a partner, period. Either the partner is your old buddy, colleague at office, fellow member at your local club or even your spouse, bridge partnership has been proven to be quite hard to maintain and a little bit delicate issue. Or not ?

Reason of partnership break-up