Traditionally, the bridge table is an expanse of something less than one square yard with a surface that is reasonably flat and not too slippery. Sit down to play, however, and you soon discover that this deceptively smooth surface is a mirage. The playing arena is actually honeycombed with pitfalls waiting to engulf the unwary, the gullible or the careless.
Millions of bridge players are addicted to the same unfortunate habit: they play to the first trick before giving real thought to the over-all play. Form a plan when the dummy goes down—not when you have already made a play that wrecks the contract.