|THE TERRIBLE 2'S|
THE TERRIBLE 2'S: Life experience and states of mind are often reflected at the Bridge table. This is the case when players bring the "terrible 2's" - Fear and Greed - to the table. Fear of losing and the heightened need to win (Greed) can be dangerous to one's Bridge health.
Fear, if excessive, can cloud a player's judgment. One of the biggest fears new players have is losing a trick or giving up the lead. Players fail to realize that only by losing a trick (or tricks) will it be possible to create tricks further down the line. This can be seen if the player takes the time to react to the present situation and plan ahead. Good planning will alleviate some of the anxiety of having to lose a trick or give up the lead.
Some players feel that if they do not take their winning
tricks as soon as possible, the tricks will run away. That is
sometimes true; a player might go to bed with an Ace. This
means that an active, not a passive game was called for. But this has to be arrived at through reason or some sort of Bridge logic, not through an emotional disability.
The obsessive need/greed to win tricks will often cause the player, in the long run, to win less tricks. Winning a trick by banging down an Ace and capturing air (low cards) will only be temporarily satisfying. The disappointment will follow when your opponent makes a trick with the King you would have captured if you held on to the Ace. The greedy player will never be a winning player. Again, planning ahead will demonstrate that there is no rush to take winners. In some hands the winners are like money in the bank; let them stay there and collect interest. If you have the compulsion to take tricks then join the Premature Trick Winning Clinic - try not to arrive too early.
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