Sunday, February 08, 2009

Good advice

I was whining (you know how I do) about how badly things were going. About how I wanted to play better. Bid better. Think more. Make fewer mistakes. My friend HagarH said: Play slower.

Damn. He's right.


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Blogger Richard09 said...

There's two sorts of time problem.

One issue is hands that need a lot of thought, and if you are playing in a tournament, you aren't going to be given enough time to figure everything out. The way to help with that is to try and save time on the genuinely easy hands, and to claim as soon as you clearly can, so that more of the time for the round can be given to the tough hands.

The second issue is where you actually have enough time, but you mis-allocate it. You play too quickly to the first couple of tricks, and then stop to think and realize you already screwed the pooch. That sort of thing. This second issue is just a matter of discipline - you have to train yourself to think at the appropriate points, like (first example) after the opening lead and before playing from dummy.

11:28 PM  

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