"Know your customer" is a good motto, irrespective of the setting. Nevertheless, at bridge, "knowing your customer" can often mean the difference between success and failure
In today's column, John Koch tells us about a regional barometer game where he and partner were doing well. As John plays a 3NT contract, he meshes the odds along with the likelihood of what his "customer for the round" would do.
Remember this, too. Keeping your opponents a bit off guard can aid your game. If it's tougher for your opponents to know who their customer is, then you have one more weapon to your advantage!|
Virtually all of us have experienced the following. Dummy comes down after a rousing auction. As we view its jewels, we silently think to ourselves: my only chance is that the opponents revoke. Then, a few minutes later, we write some small or large number in the minor column.
A few of the fortunate among us, however, have had this special experience: we get our revoke! Yes, this is the theme of John Koch's column today. Though, of course, like any Koch Korner column, a revoke alone is not enough for success. You must figure out how to handle the play from there!
I once was also in slam, thought to myself, "I need a revoke" - then got it! Unlike John, however, I wasn't doubled. Read about John and his superb good fortune below.
The Twin City Bridge Center and the Minneapolis Grand Slam Club are teaming together for an end of the year team game!
December 30th, "Team of Two Pairs" is scheduled o Friday at the TCBC. Sponsored by the MGSC, this is a matchpoint event with two sections: Open and under 500 masterpoints (each). Pairs in each section will have "teammates" playing the same direction in the other section. Your scores will be added together to determine the team winners.
In addition to bridge at 7:15PM, a potluck is scheduled at 6:30PM. Please bring something to share. Entries are $5 per person.
You can sign up at the Twin City Bridge Center to be matched up with teammates in the other section or you can bring your own teammates. Or just come and you will be paired wtih another pair!
"Team of Two Pairs" is a great way to say "au revoir" to 2011. Hope to see you!
Congratulations to Sharon Anderson, our new ACBL President for 2012, discussion of upcoming sectionals and regionals, plus much more. It's all in the December minutes for Unit 178's board meeting - and - you can read all about it below!
No, no, no. We are not advocating spurning the speed limit in Minnesota.
We are talking about Lee and Shirley Graham, age 93 and 92, respectively. Lee and Shirley play on a regular basis at the Rochester Duplicate Bridge Club. Not only do they play - they do it well. The duo is consistently "in the money."
We are very fortunate to have competitive players who are positive, successful and who prove that you can enjoy our game just about forever!
Thanks to Lee and Shirley for setting such a high standard - and to Greg Caucutt for sharing their story with us.
Sometimes, however, even if they are there for the taking, it is not so easy to figure out how to do it! This week, on a hand where the tricks are there but the transportation is tricky, John Koch demonstrates how to bring home the bacon.
Speaking of which, Your Editor is happy to report a most fun experience at the Seattle NABC. A couple of months ago, I came up with an idea. Wouldn't it be fun to play with a young man I know, junior Adam Kaplan, in the Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs? Adam agreed to make a date. We were going to try to practice online, but, it never came to be. So - we started out day #1 of the Blues on our virgin venture.
So far? So good. Adam is a delightful fifteen year old - and a super talented player. Our first day went very well - and - our second day first session went so well that we found we were leading at the half! Our evening set did not provide us with as friendly of opponents. So, we dropped to sixth overall.
No matter the outcome today, however, I am most impressed with this young man. Talk about knowing how to take your tricks!