Act at the Bridge Table as if you were Confucius
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At the Bridge TableConfucius' mat
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Confucius' advise is
very applicable at the bridge table. Playing bridge can be an
emotionally charged and threatening experience.
courteous to all Opponents and be nice to your
Partner. Especially after you have made a bad mistake a positive
consoling word from your Partner will help you more to recover than
all the bridge advise in the world !!
(As a Bridge teacher this is often very hard for me to do.
But I keep trying.)
Recent Novices at the table are especially vulnerable, and
more than anyone else are likely to make mistakes and occasionally
get into an bad contract.
In such case please do not punish them by doubling !
absolutely nothing to gain from that (their doomed contract will
probably give you a top score anyway), but you do great harm
to the Novice's confidence, enthusiasm and determination to learn
© 2016 Michael