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Preemptive Bidding (courtesy of Rick Garvin)


If you are an advancing player (i.e., a player with 20‑300 masterpoints) you may be interested in playing with a mentor.
You may wonder how to make a particular game or set a contract. You might like to know what to bid in an auction. You may also wonder, “What do experienced players think about at the table?” Playing with a mentor allows you to ask an experienced player in the context of a real game setting. This can improve your bidding and help develop defensive and declarer skills. We are fortunate to have many experienced members in our club who want to pass on their love of duplicate bridge to players who want to advance their game. The mentorship program is designed to bring you together.

The program has a flexible format:
As a mentee, you will choose your mentor. You can begin your mentorship at any time that works for you and your mentor, but we suggest that you play with your mentor at least once a month over a 3- to 4-month period.

You and your mentor will play at least three or four times in any open game you choose. Playing in an open game with your mentor is a great way to benefit from the knowledge of your mentor and other experienced players by observing what they do. This format also supports the primary goal of the mentor program, which is to help advancing players develop their skills and compete more.

Here’s how it will work:

Find a mentor: You can ask any experienced player you know to be your mentor! Start by asking a player you enjoy seeing at the table for a 3 or 4 game commitment. If you don’t know many experienced players or you aren’t sure who to ask, you may contact any member of the Education Committee (below). Please remember that a potential mentor may have already agreed to mentor someone for 3-4 games so you may have to be patient or ask several potential mentors.
Find a time to play: You can play with your mentor in any open game!

Tell us who your mentor is: Once you and your mentor have agreed to play, please let an Education Committee member know. This ensures that we don’t suggest someone as a mentor who is already mentoring.

Give your mentor information and prepare to learn: To get the most out of your mentorship games, you should come prepared to learn.

Give your mentor a copy of your favorite convention card. Your mentor will play your card.

Give your mentor a list of 2 or 3 things you want to focus on when you play. As you play, note questions on your score sheet. Good bridge etiquette includes not discussing hands at the table, so make it a habit to write questions on your score sheet and ask your mentor later.

Play: You have your mentor and your game time – so it’s time to play!

If you have any questions, ask members of the Education Committee: Ann Larson, Mary Alice Seville, Walter Dobek, Kathleen Petrucela