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Summer Nationals. Thence by car to Montreal, a pleasant trip. JULY 24: Beginning of a weeklong session of Board Meetings; some hard problems to resolve. Then the Summer Nationals, beautifully staged even though Montreal was simultaneously busy hosting EXPO '67. Montrealers, led by Henri Parent, Ralph Cohen and Aaron Goodman, were magnificent hosts, and the hospitality and friendliness of the French Canadians a wonderful new experience for us. ... Thence returned to Greenville for another brief respite. AUG. 17: For the Midwest Regional to Peoria, where Margaret and I were met at the airport by His Honor the Mayor, who drove us around to see the sights of his town before taking us to the hotel. Tournament Chairman Anne Ghiglieri and Midwest Conference President Fran Carlson did such an outstanding job that a most unusual thing happened at the Midwest Conference breakfast meeting presided over by Roly Nelson, , President of District 11. Reversing the usual scheme of things, with cities bidding to be hosts of the next tournament, when time came to discuss where the tournament should be played next year, everyone agreed to ask Peoria whether they'd be willing to take it again in '68. The answer was yes. I advise you, not to miss it. AUG. 21: To Greenwich for a week of Executive Meetings at which many moves were considered and many plans laid for the future, despite absence of Alvin Landy, hospitalized for what was thought to be a minor heart strain. AUG. 25: Back in Greenville, my old friend Marion Powell called this night to urge me to come to Aiken, S.C. to partner him in the Open Pairs. I agreed and am proud say we finished second. Margaret had made other plans and this was the only tournament all year to which she did not accompany me. AUG. 31: To Atlanta, with eyes popping at the magnificent new modernistic Regency Hotel where we are going to stage the Spring Nationals in 1971. Others have already described such wonders as the Regency lobby and elevators, so I will stick to the magnificence of our entertainment. Highlights included dining at the home of Margaret Wagar and also a party at the new home of Louise and Dickie Freeman on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

SEPT. 13: To Oklahoma City for the District 15 Regional. ...Scores of volunteers worked hard to make this the greatest tournament for entertainment that I have ever attended, but the man who makes the tournament click is tournament chairman Ed Theus. He seemed to be on the job 24 hours a day--and for a very good reason. There were several nights when he never did get to bed. I have another special reason for remembering this tournament: it was the one at which I did the worst master point wise (1.90). SEPT. 18: To Dallas to attend a joint meeting of members representing the Board of Governors (Lew Mathe, Lou Gurvich, John Gerber Malcolm Brachman) and members of the Board of Directors (Ed Theus, Bill Baldwin, L.R. Robertson, Waldemar von Zedtwitz, Chairman). Up for discussion--a plan for re-organization of Board of Governors' membership about which more in the report from New Orleans.

How to win at bridge

Bridge is a famous card game that is widely played across the globe. With its numerous challenges, great mental stimulation and lots of entertainment moments, it is no surprise that people cherish it so much. From world tournaments to occasional get-togethers, you can practice your skills in the company of interesting personalities. Whether you have started it in your early years, or you discovered your hobby in your fifties, there is always room left for improvement.

The first thing you should focus on is exercise. The more you try out your tactics with the others, the more you will enhance your abilities. Spend your evenings with your friends at the Upstate Bridge club and take advantage of every game opportunity you encounter. If you play with many partners, you can learn to count the hand and observe your opponents’ behavior which will give you precious information. You can also try it on the computer for more progress.

In case you want extra knowledge, read some literature about it or meet experts who can help you answer the questions you have in mind. Listen to their professional advice because everyone has a unique style and implement it into your strategies. Keep in mind that you should always choose a system that best suits your team so that you can feel the special excitement for a successful hand bid that even an escort from will not give you.

As duplicate bridge is all about the skills and not chance, you should make sure that you are very prepared for every possibility. Given the fact that you should adjust the system to your expertise, it is essential that you form a serious partnership with someone whom you can play regularly and communicate well. This way, you can determine ways that can help you differentiate the hands and evaluate them in order to predict the game moves and gain confidence.

Another important tip is that you should be proficient when it comes to defense. Take the example of top players who always look for methods that offer them more points but with as little risk as possible. Due to the fact that timing is an important feature in every game, search for ways which can disrupt the rivals’ plans or tactics and play the hand in your thoughts from the perspective of the declarer.

If you work for matchpoints, overtricks can make a huge difference between a pair who gets to the top and others who do not, because sometimes individuals can make an additional simple trick and score. A significant thing you should take in consideration is that these overtricks are better used if the chances to score are greater than the ones where you might get hurt. Try it only if there is 50% chance of winning.

Bridge is a wonderful pastime for everyone who wants some recreation and relaxation in their lives. From teenagers to adults and grandparents, it can be a fantastic social experience because you can meet new people with every match. Teach your children the rules, help them expand their knowledge and stimulate their brain activity. There is nothing more enjoyable than a family afternoon that puts a smile on everyone’s faces. Share good times together and become the best bridge player!