<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /> <title>Note: Control - Theo Todman's Bridge Background (Theo Todman's Web Page)</title> </head><body> <a name="Top"></a> <h2>Theo Todman's Bridge Background</h2><hr><p class = "Centered">(Text as at 05/01/2018 00:11:31)<br><br>(For earlier versions of this Note, <a href="#TableOfPreviousVersions">see the table at the end</a>)</p><hr> <P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><IMG class="FloatRight" ALT="Theo in a Venice water taxi, October 2009" WIDTH=27.5% HEIGHT=24.5% SRC="../../Photos/Notes/TT_Venice_Watertaxi.jpg"><ul type="disc"><li>I learned to play bridge at school back in the Autumn of 1972 when I should have been preparing more diligently for Cambridge entrance. Playing bridge and speed chess in the prefects' room seemed so much more entertaining than ploughing lonely furrows in maths, physics and chemistry. I was captain of the county junior chess team, and consequently found the rudiments of bridge easy to pick up. A few weeks after I'd learned the rules of the game, good fortune had it that Cheltenham Bridge Club had an "outreach" evening where pupils from local schools played with a club member. I didn't even know Stayman until instructed prior to the session by my friendly but (I later discovered) distinctly non-expert partner. Anyway, we won. It's amazing what a bit of confidence and a considerate partner can do! I then played at Cheltenham twice a week until going up to King's in the autumn. </li><li>At Cambridge I played on and off most of the time I was there, though my main non-academic interest was rowing. I had the honour of partnering Richard Granville in the King's team. Richard was something of a prodigy, was captain of the University team, and played with Richard Fleet (<a name="W5848W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.ebu.co.uk/biographies/richard-fleet" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>) for Cambridge and the England U26s, though he gave up serious play in his mid-20s in favour of Go and Backgammon, so you've probably never heard of him (though has been as high as 20th in the EBU NGS rankings). With Richard Fleet he'd developed an inordinately complicated version of Precision, which I foolishly tried to burden myself with, so that after a number of disasters we kept having to revert to Acol. In my first year I played in the King's team that came runners up in the Inter-Collegiate knock-out, and we repeated the feat in my third year. Neither of these successes being down to me, I might add. Playing with a partner so much brighter and generally skilled at the game than oneself can be a scary experience. Cambridge was a remarkable place for bridge at the time - a whole bunch of current or future internationals were there - Graham Kirby, John Armstrong, Brian Callaghan, David Burn - amongst other expert players who either didn't persist or weren't quite in the same league. Training sessions in such company were rewarding, if occasionally humiliating, experiences. I rarely had a regular partner, but did play for Cambridge University "B" on occasion, and once won the 30-table University duplicate partnering some random "townie" I'd not met before. But it was all very amateurish, basically involving turning up and having a go. </li><li>Anyway, for a year or so after leaving Cambridge I played occasionally at the Young Chelsea Bridge Club (<a name="W2848W"></a><A HREF = "http://ycbc.co.uk/" TARGET = "_top">Young Chelsea Bridge Club</A>) and other London Clubs, but then dropped out of the game. I made the occasional come-back at the Young Chelsea over the years, but had probably only played 20 sessions between leaving Cambridge in the summer of 1976 and returning to the game in December 2007, when I decided to make a determined effort to see if I could become any good at it. </li><li>For up-to-date information, see (or return to) my main <a name="1"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_11/Notes_1146.htm">Bridge Page</A><SUP>1</SUP>, which has everything anyone might want to know, and much else besides. </li></ul></P> <br><hr><h3 class = "Left">Printable Versions:</h3> <UL><li>Follow (<A Href="Notes_Print/NotesPrint_1161_0_P_R.htm" TARGET = "_top">this link</A>) for level 0 (with reading list), and </li><li>Follow (<A Href="Notes_Print/NotesPrint_1161_0_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">this link</A>) for level 0.</li></UL> <a name="TableOfPreviousVersions"></a><BR><HR><h3 class= "Left">Previous Version of this Note:</h3> <TABLE class = "ReadingList" WIDTH=700> <TR><TD WIDTH="20%" class = "BridgeCenter"><strong>Date</strong></TD> <TD WIDTH="10%" class = "BridgeRight"><strong>Length</strong></TD> <TD WIDTH="70%" class = "BridgeLeft"><strong>Title</strong></TD></TR> <TR><TD class = "BridgeCenter">30/06/2015</TD> <TD class = "BridgeRight">3827</TD> <TD class = "BridgeLeft"><A HREF = "Notes_1161_42185000.htm">Theo Todman's Bridge Background</A></TD></TR> </TABLE> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><TR> <TH WIDTH="25%">Note last updated</TH> <TH WIDTH="50%">Reference for this Topic</TH> <TH WIDTH="25%">Parent Topic</TH></TR> <TR><TD WIDTH="25%">05/01/2018 00:11:31</TD> <TD WIDTH="50%">1161 (Theo Todman's Bridge Background)</TD> <TD WIDTH="25%"><A href ="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1146.htm">Theo Todman's Bridge Page</A></TD></TR> </TABLE></center> <hr><h3>Summary of Note Links from this Page</h3> <CENTER> <TABLE Class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR> <td bgcolor="#b3ffb3" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1146.htm"><span title="High Quality">Theo Todman's Bridge Page</span></A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> </TR> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P class = "Centered">To access information, click on one of the links in the table above.</P> <BR><HR><BR><h3>Summary of Note Links to this Page</h3> <CENTER> <TABLE Class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR> <td bgcolor="#b3ffb3" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_784.htm#1"><span title="High Quality">Status: Bridge (2018 - June)</span></A></TD> <td bgcolor="#b3ffb3" WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1146.htm#3"><span title="High Quality">Theo Todman's Bridge Page</span></A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> <TD WIDTH="20%">&nbsp;</TD> </TR> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P class = "Centered">To access information, click on one of the links in the table above.</P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><br><hr><br><h3 class = "Left">Text Colour Conventions</h3><OL TYPE="1"><li><FONT COLOR = "000000">Black</FONT>: Printable Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><li><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li></OL><BR> <center><BR><HR><BR><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD><TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD><TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-01T04:46" pubdate>01/08/2018 04:46:12</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD><TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD><TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD></TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR></BODY></HTML>