We played in the Ladies Bar last night, which will also be the venue for Thursday, because the hall is being used for exams at present. The room seemed bigger, because we were able to open the stacker doors and let the evening breezes in. Then came the highveld storm, which was of short duration and we just played right through the grumbling noises from the ether and the flashes of distant lightning and the game went on regardless, our members being made of stern stuff!
That very consistent pair of Di and Barbara did it again, by a clear margin of more than 8%, with Helen and Diana second, followed by Bill and Jan.
There were three slams on offer last night and it’s a little surprising that only two were bid and made. Just a thought folks, there are many books in our newly reorganised library that deal with slam bidding, indeed the whole spectrum of bridge, so why not do some browsing and open yourselves to alternative thinking about bridge. Don’t be comfortable with what you know and the way you play, just because it’s easier that way. Stretch your mind, read, sit down with your regular partner and review the way you played the hands in your last session, improve, get more competitive. No matter how good we think we are, there is no reason we can’t get better.
Definition of a bridge expert: A player who is so knowledgeable about bridge about bridge that he can criticise his partner’s game without exposing his own vast ignorance. (ouch!)
Declarer: “How should I have played that hand?
Partner : “under an assumed name”
Quotes for today:
Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for” Socrates
Please take my comments in the spirit they are given. I care about our club and I want all of us to improve, even those of us who aren’t that young anymore. In fact, especially us!
PS; Troy learned a new trick this morning.
|Small Slams||Grand Slams|
|1||7||Di England & Barbara Goldman||84/ 126||66.67||25||1|
|2||3||Helen Roberts & Diana Boudewijns||73/ 126||57.94||20|
|3||10||Bill Wilkie & Jan Verberck||72/ 126||57.14||15|
|4||5||Roy Hayward & Ian Lowden||70/ 126||55.56||10||1|
|5||4||Lisa Adamson & Trish Blair||63/ 126||50.00||5|
|6=||8||Bridie Bullen-Smith & Paul van der Wal||55/ 126||43.65|
|6=||9||Marianne Dinham & Caroline Franks||55/ 126||43.65|
|8||2||Guylaine Turton & Vaun Robson||62/ 144||43.06|
|9||6||Heather Stevens & Karin Whitburn||42/ 126||33.33|