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INTRODUCTION

I returned to bridge in December 2007 after a long lay-off (effectively from my Cambridge days1, then 30 years prior). I played with some enthusiasm but rather mixed results for just under a decade after my “return” at a number of clubs local to Billericay, and explored the weekend tournament scene. I took most of 2015 off but became involved with the ECBA as webmaster in compensation, then returned to serious play in 15Q4. Ultimately I decided I’d had enough in July 2017, and intended to play only the occasional social game from then on. However, I started playing again socially towards the end of 2018, and have been playing quite seriously since the middle of 2019, allowing for another intermission caused by the Covid pandemic (I decided not to play on-line).


USEFUL LINKS & DOCUMENTS

Status Report2 Consolidated Results Clubs in Essex Convention Cards
Useful Links Defensive Play My Bridge Books Bidding Practice
Why Play Bridge?3 Counting the Hands Search ECBA Website Generator Documentation4
Teams & Pairs Tactics Partnership Checklist Bridge Websites Maintained5  


FURTHER USEFUL LINKS

Bridge Base Online OK Bridge Bridge Club Live
Essex Contract Bridge Association English Bridge Union Bridge Winners
BridgeBum Young Chelsea Bridge Club Great Bridge Links
Bridge Great Britain Bridge Conventions ECATS Bridge


CONVENTION CARDS

Partners and I have drawn up various Benjaminised Acol convention cards, of varying degrees of sophistication. They appear in both MS Word and PDF formats. Follow the links below

Benjaminised Acol - Current Partnerships

DP (MSW) RE (MSW) GB (MSW) CS (MSW) AK (MSW)
DP (PDF)RE (PDF)GB (PDF)CS (PDF) AK (PDF)


Benjaminised Acol - Former Partnerships

TF (MSW)LF (MSW) AS (MSW) DaTu (MSW) DV (MSW) MR (MSW) MH (MSW)
TF (PDF)LF (PDF) AS (PDF) DaTu (PDF) DV (PDF) MR (PDF) MH (PDF)


I play an artificial Strong Diamond system with one partner

SD CC (MS Word) SD CC (PDF)


I have played a 5-card Majors / Strong NT system with three partners

PartnerMS WordPDF
DTDT CC (MS Word)
(Supplement)
DT CC (PDF)
(Supplement)
MHMH CC (MS Word) MH CC (PDF)
RCRC CC (MS Word) RC CC (PDF)


Finally, I played a very basic Standard Acol system on rare occasions with one partner

RB (MS Word) RB (PDF)




Counting the Hands

Someone said that one "really arrives" as a bridge-player when one fully counts the hand. That is, keeps track of the points and distribution in all 4 hands, both by making inferences from the bidding and play, as well as keeping track of what's gone on in the play of the hand thus far. I find counting difficult - particularly distribution. I'd like to find an on-line application to help me practice this skill. There are a couple featuring Mike Lawrence, which look promising. Links to some material I've found on-line appear in the table below – on-line originals and / or consolidated pdfs I created lest the originals get lost.

Robert Frick - The Subtle Joy of Counting (pdf) Howard Schutzman - Counting Distribution (pdf) Karen Walker - Developing Counting Skills (pdf)
Tom Kniest - Count, Count, Count (pdf) Bill Doroshow - The One That Got Away (pdf) Mike Lawrence - Counting at Bridge
Danny’s Musings and the Joy of Counting in Bridge (pdf) Memory Systems at Bridge (pdf) Bridge Winners Counting Games

I’ve also a couple of useful books:-



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10/10/2019 23:58:34 23612 Theo Todman's Bridge Page
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05/04/2018 10:48:00 23169 Theo Todman's Bridge Page
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09/10/2017 23:25:26 21376 Theo Todman's Bridge Page
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05/04/2016 23:19:41 18615 Theo Todman's Bridge Page
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