Playing to Trick One

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There Are No Mulligans in Bridge
Second Edition
by Dr. James Marsh Sternberg
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178 pages. Paperback.

Bridge is a game of mistakes. The best players make fewer mistakes. It's not a matter of being brilliant--the real expert players never make basic mistakes, they keep the ball in the court, in the fairway. Sure there is an occasional hand where they make a brilliant play but that's not what distinguishes the true expert from the good player. One often hears an expert say "I've seen this hand before." What does he mean? No,he hasn't seen the hand record; he recognizes the hand type. After all, there are only a finite number of hand types in bridge. For example, second suit hands, cross-ruffs, ruffing in dummy, a simple finesse, an elimination, a dummy reversal and a couple of others. You can't reinvent bridge every time a hand comes down. If you recognize the type, then you have some idea or plan of how to go about trying to make your contract. But one of the biggest mistakes non-expert players make is playing to trick one, then looking around and deciding what to do next. And in many cases, it's already too late. The key to the hand was trick one. But sorry, no mulligans in bridge. So this book will present a series of hands, all as quizzes but of course you have a big clue from the title. Nevertheless, I hope you will find the hands and following discussions interesting enough to help you learn to do your thinking before not after you play that first card. Speed kills.