- How Mnemonics Will Improve Your Game: Two distinct memory areas are involved in bridge. Your long-term memory houses your bidding system, your knowledge of card combinations, opening leads, signals, declarer technique and defensive strategies. Your short-term memory handles the deal in progress: the bidding, the lead, the cards that have been played, which cards are high and so on.
- Each bridge deal lasts about 6-7 minutes. When the deal is over, your short-term memory has to wipe the slate clean and start the process anew for the next deal. The fresher you are, the higher the level of your concentration and the more efficient your long-term memory. In addition, the more efficient your long-term memory, the less energy is needed to recall such details and consequently more energy is at your disposal to fuel your short-term memory. A strong long-term memory leads to a more powerful short-term memory.
- "Klinger (Ron) - Improve Your Bridge Memory" provided techniques for enhancing both your long-term and your short-term memory. Better Bridge with a Better Memory is designed to strengthen your long-term memory, both in regard to the conventions you use and the strategy recommended for best results in the bidding, declarer play and defence. By the use of mnemonics, easily recalled phrases, catchwords or acronyms, you will be able to strengthen your long-term memory. As these recollections become easier and easier, your short-term memory will be sharper and your concentration will last longer. The benefits will appear in the improved results you obtain.
- Ron Klinger has written over forty bridge books and has played for Australia on numerous occasions, including the Bermuda Bowl in 1976, 1989 and 1993 and the World Open Teams Olympiad in 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988. His international wins include the South Pacific Teams, the Far East Teams and the Far East Pairs (twice). He won the Bols Brilliancy Prize for best play at the 1976 world championships and has won two Bols prizes for journalism.
- This book owes its existence to Dr. Sean Hoban of Ireland. I am indebted to Sean for the concept and for his ideas and assistance in this project. Sean originally wrote to me that when he was studying medicine at university, he found mnemonics invaluable in being able to recall anatomy, physiology, symptoms, diagnoses and treatments. ‘I can still reel off the 12 cranial nerves because of a mnemonic and rhyme I learned in 1951,’ he wrote. Sean sent me some books on Mnemonics for Medics and a request for a similar book for bridge players. ‘Would you please write one?’ This book is the outcome. Thank you, Sean.
- How many experts, top class players, do you think there are in your country? How many are strong enough to represent their country in international competition? In Australia there are 30,000 registered players. England has about the same.
- I would have great difficulty in trying to fill 50 top class Australian teams, to find 300 players who could legitimately be classed experts. Let's suppose I am unduly cynical, excessively critical, and there are really twice as many experts as that. 600 experts in England or Australia would represent only 2% of the total number of registered players. I doubt that any country would boast a higher percentage.
- That leaves 98% of the bridge population whose game can do with an uplift. These players do not aspire to be champions but want to play at a competent standard, to play well and enjoy the game without making mickey-mouse blunders. It is impossible to be perfect at the game (and thus very frustrating if you are a perfectionist) but you can achieve a standard to be proud of if you are prepared to put in some effort.
- This book is for those of the 98% who feel limited by their memory and the finite nature of their mind, for those who seek an easier way to remember what matters. No one need be saddled with a bad memory. You can improve recall through mnemonics to trigger the appropriate action in many situations This means not only for the system you play but also the principles for winning, whether in the bidding, the opening lead, declarer play or defence. What you need to improve your game is the desire, the motivation, the drive and the will to succeed.
- This book covers various routes to winning bridge. Not only is the right strategy presented but also an easy way to remember it. No apology is made for stating the key concepts again and again. Repetition is to memory what training is to athletics. Repetition will ensure that the ideas are soundly implanted and easily recalled. Hopefully, you will find some fresh ideas in this book. At the very least, principles of sound bidding, play and defence will be reinforced.
- Once you see the approach, you can devise your own memory aids, your own mnemonics. Indeed, if you come up with an effective mnemonic, I would be delighted to hear from you (see below).
- Apply a recall strategy as soon as you have read the relevant section.
- You need not cover everything before enjoying the fruits of your labour.
- After completing the book and putting all or most of the ideas into practice, you will experience the satisfaction of knowing you are doing the right thing, even if this does not result in a tangible reward every time. Your game is bound to improve and you will score more wins.
- That will be pleasant enough but an even bigger bonus awaits you. Once the principles are part and parcel of your long-term memory, you can go forward and further, beyond the memory-aids. You will discover there is much more, a new frontier of bridge. This new challenge will be savoured, relished, appreciated, enjoyed. Then I will be delighted to welcome you to the world of … Happy bridging, Ron Klinger, 1998
- P.S. Do you have a good bridge mnemonic or what you feel is an improved version of a mnemonic in this book? If so, we would be delighted to hear from you. If your mnemonic is used in a future edition of this book, not only will your contribution be duly acknowledged but we will also be happy to supply you with a copy of the edition in which your mnemonic appears. Please forward your suggestions to: Ron Klinger,
P.O. Box 140, Northbridge, NSW 1560, Australia
Introduction - 7
- Memory, Mnemonics & Bridge - 9
- Conventions & Mnemonics - 14
… CMOBODOR and FILM
… DOPI and DEPO
… SPLASH and TRASH
… EHAA and KISS
- 10 Little Triggers for Bidding - 20
… The Basketball Players' Rule — ABB and ABA
… With 6-4, Bid More and With 6-5, Come Alive
… The Rule of 3 and 2
… The Rule of 15 (for fourth seat openings)
… A powerful bridge hand is like a great love affair
… Defend on odd occasions
… The 3-over-2, 3-over-3 and 4-over-3 Rules
… Type A, B and C Takeout Doubles
… The MAFIA Principle
- 10 Little Triggers for Card Play - 30
… The Rule of 11
… The Rule of 12
… The Rule of 7
… Odd numbers break evenly, even numbers break oddly
… An easy way to remember the common breaks
… Use a queen to wake partner up
… Red-on-black, black-on-red to wake partner up
- Bidding Strategy – 38
… Rule of 15, Part 1
… Rule of 15, Part 2
… S. & M.
… 10 to 4: Time to Fly
… SITES TOXIC
… ATP DAFT
- Opening Lead Strategy - 58
… Sequence to lead?
… Passive lead?
… Death With Honour
… MUD, LOT, TON and TONAR
… Attacking lead?
… DILL US?
… Trump lead?
… Singleton lead?
- Mnemonics for Declarer & Defenders - 74
… The JFK Principle
… For planning, take the ARCH way
- Visualisation, Imagery & Mnemonics - 91
… Visualising SSSAP
… DILL US?
… Final problems
- Index - 96
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