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WINNING TABLE TACTICS
Charles Goren
March 16, 1964
Most top bridge players define a "mistake" as any bid or play they wouldn't make. I don't share this lofty attitude, but I do have strong personal feelings on the subject of table tactics and table manners. It just seems to me that there are certain things one doesn't do at the bridge table, whether they are violations of the laws of contract bridge or not. Some of these errors will merely cost you points; others will cost you friends.
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March 16, 1964

Winning Table Tactics

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The average player sorts his cards from left to right in alternating colors, something like this:

[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[9 of Spades]

[10 of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]

[Ace of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]

[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]

Now consider what you are telling a crafty opponent if this method of sorting becomes a pattern with you. He knows that the card on the far right is the lowest of its suit. Conversely, he knows that your far left card is the highest of its suit. And see what happens if your hand is shaped like this:

[2 of Spades]

[Ace of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]

[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]

[Ace of Diamonds]

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