Bridge Tip # 28
by Mark Blumenthal on June 14th, 2009
The game of Contract Bridge is not all percentages and technical ability. It also involves the interaction of two personalities. The type of rapport you have with your partner is important also. Be especially wary if you and your partner are romantically involved. I have seen experts who are considered unflappable no matter how badly their partner plays, become enraged if that partner is their spouse or significant other. I think it is especially likely to happen if there is a great difference in skill between the two players. My theory is that the better partner feels betrayed and thinks ‘How could he/she do this when I have taught him/her better?’ People to whom this description could apply should discuss the possibility this occurring before they begin to play with each other. Often it will require the better player to reduce his/ her expectations to ensure and neither individual will view the other’s mistakes as a threat to either person’s ego.