The road to hell is paved with good conventions. Anon
I went to the
University of Rochester. I learned to play bridge in college - I
guess it turned out to be a trade school. Anonymous professional
director overheard at Pittsburgh NABC
not enough to win the tricks that belong to you. Try also for
some that belong to the opponents.Alfred Sheinwold
real test of a bridge player isn't in keeping out of trouble, but in
escaping once he's in. Alfred Sheinwold
trouble with women is that they treat bridge as a game. They do
not realize it is a war. Anon
you have the slightest touch of masochism you'll love this game. Anon
believe that contract is particularly attractive to people with
a scrappy disposition. Frank Perkins
not the skill that drops off with age, it's the drive, the killer
instinct..and when a man isn't primed to kill he makes mistakes. Anon
is a great comfort in your old age. It also helps you get
there faster. Anon
gets use to abuse. It's waiting for it that is so trying. Rueful
the average person's small supply of politeness must last him all
his life, he can't afford to waste it on bridge partners. Alfred
is essentially a social game, but unfortunately it attracts a
substantial number of antisocial people. Alan Truscott
advantage of bad bidding is that you get practice at playing
atrocious contracts. Alfred Sheinwold
the hand you held during the auction?
A comment Jan Janitschke has made when dummy hits.
South: I'm requested to further mis-describe my hand.
is not the handling of difficult hands that makes the winning player.
There aren't enough of them. It is the ability to avoid
messing up the easy ones. Alan Sontag
bridge players prefer consistency in their partners rather than
brilliance. Matthew Granovetter
sum of all technical knowledge cannot make a master contract
knowledge of the mechanics will suffice to put a player in a commanding
position in the post-mortem. To become a member of the upper
crust calls for more, much more. Resilience,
imagination, occasional flashes of inspiration, these are the
hallmarks of quality. And this transcends the realm of science.
difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its
sense is when it's technically right to do something, the little
man that sits on my shoulder or anyone else's shoulder says,
"Don't do that."
And you say to yourself, "Well, wait a minute, that's the right way to play."
And he says, "Yeah, but you don't wanna play that way." That instinct is card sense. It's almost an ability to feel where the cards are. It's something that you can't buy, you can't find; you're born with. The ability to do the right thing at the wrong time or really to do the wrong thing at the right time. Barry Crane
not sure whether glory or master points is first on the list, but
learning to play better is definitely last. Eddie Kantar
like a review of the bidding with all the original inflections.
average defender operates in a fog of uncertainty. H. W. Kelsey
of what sadistic impulses we may harbor, winning bridge means
helping partner avoid mistakes. Frank Stewart
player who can't defend accurately should try to be declarer. Alfred Sheinwold
real secret of the expert is to make logic seem like flair. Hugh
you play bridge with your wife as partner, you need at least 20
points to open, and it wouldn't hurt to have 25. Joe James
from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to
make them all yourself. Alfred Sheinwold
favor light opening bids. When you're my age, you're never sure
they're going to get back to you in time. Oswald Jacoby at 77
ago there were only two acceptable excuses for not leading the suit
your partner had opened; having no cards in the suit, and sudden
think we're all a little masochistic. Otherwise, why would
we continue to play bridge? Anon
had a partnership misunderstanding. My partner assumed I knew
what I was doing. Anon
partner is 20 years behind the times. Nowadays you pay your
money to bid. My partner still thinks you need cards. Anon
play was much better tonight, and so were your excuses. Anon
play forcing hesitations. Anon
fellow had made a bad bid and gone for 1400. "I'm sorry," he said
to his partner, "I had a card misplaced." Asked his
"Only one card?" Charles Goren
I did everything right, I wouldn't be playing with you! Anon
I take a 50-50 chance I expect it to come off 8 or 9 times out of10.