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Why do you suck at bridge?

#1 Guest_Jlall_*

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Posted 2008-June-07, 00:20

What causes you to suck at bridge and keeps you from being the best?

For me I think it is lack of focus (at bridge tournaments there are a lot of distractions, social and otherwise), and too much ego.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 00:23

this one's easy.

negative attitude, not being willing to invest time and effort and general lack of talent.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 00:38

I'm not nice enough to my partners. I can't count in defense and my timing when I declare is about 0.7 trick worse than decent declarers. Lazy at reading books, quick to accept the first line I think is half decent.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 00:49

dont have a automatic card counter in my brian.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 01:13

I think my game is really inconsistent. If I am on tilt, or just in a bad mood, or nervous, I am capable of making very bad decisions.

Also my declarer play = suck.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 01:45

It has become a lower priority in my life so I don't work at it as hard as I used to.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 02:04

In the words of John McCain:

Not enough oldness.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 02:32

awm, on Jun 7 2008, 03:04 AM, said:

In the words of John McCain:

Not enough oldness.

yeah
you need to work on the cranky factor.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 03:04

Too much oldness

(or perhaps, too much beer while on the way to too much oldness)
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Posted 2008-June-07, 07:07

Fatigue keeps me from being second-level.

Play when I'm tired too often, get tired when I play too much bridge, and don't play enough bridge because I'm tired.

I don't have the head for cardplay necessary to take the last step anyways.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 07:14

Also not enough oldness. Sometimes forget I need to ruff in the short hand, play in 3SX or something, think I have 4 losers and assume I have 9 tricks. Then theres the issue of not doubling nearly enough.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 07:48

Not enough coaching. Hard to find good partner who commits to bridge.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 08:19

Random laziness and sometimes short term memory goes away due to lack of concentration, like partner signals with the 5 and I semi-notice that card but then focus on what card I'm going to play next in anticipation of what declarer's going to play and then go crap, what did partner signal just then.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 08:22

1. Limited talent.
2. I'm lazy.
3. Time management skills are pretty lame. Will work on this as soon as I logoff the forum. :P

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Posted 2008-June-07, 08:35

Let's start with why most serious bridge players suck at bridge, I think it is from a lack of learning from their experience (learn from their own mistakes), and not studying the game (reading, serious kibitzing) enough.

Those are not flaws I share, I read and study bridge a lot. But there are a lot of reasons why I still suck at bridge. The first answer is clear. I spend way too much of my time trying to figure out esoteric bidding ideas. I would be a much better player if I stuck to a simple bidding system, and tried to devellop my bidding judgement better, and then used my "study" time to improve my card play technique rather than find the latest and best new gadget.

Another reason I suck at bridge is the lack of the ability to let the last hand go. I will mull over issues of a hand just played (or even two or three hands ago) when I should be focusing entirely on the hand being played at the moment. I do this F2F alll time, but on BBO it is exaggerated as I can go and study the movie in great detail. This distraction has to be at least as bad as justin's socilal distraction, and sadly, it happens even in the vaccum of online bridge.

Two other areas, I almost never exercise any "table feel", even when I think I read a vibe I will tend to ingore it. I think my bridge would be better if I back my insticts more in situations like that. Finally, I don't spend enough time trying to view the problems the defenders might face and time my plays in order to make it most difficult for them. Interestingly, when I review my hands later, I frequently discover where I could have made it harder on them if I had just thought a tiny bit longer.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 08:52

The Principle of Restricted Talent.

Lost my great partner who improved me a great deal from being totally suck. Well, not really lost, he just got eaten up by Cambridge.

Lack of focus. (lost me 20 imps in 2 boards) And yes, the "what did partner just signal?" happens to me every other board or so.

Laziness when declaring, taking inferior lines of play that pop up in my mind.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 09:15

Lack of concentration/focus by far the biggest issue.

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Posted 2008-June-07, 09:48

Natural selection.
If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. - Herb Stein
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Posted 2008-June-07, 10:01

Because I'm not Justin Lall.

Kidding. (somewhat kidding. I'm not Justin Lall, but that's not the reason I suck)

because I'm inconsistent and don't count everything I should. Bidding judgement could also use help at times.
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Posted 2008-June-07, 11:21

lol I don't remember posting this...I guess I should add killing too many brain cells with alcohol :P
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