Linda Lee — My personal bridge blog

My first real tennis game … your first real bridge game

At this point I have not yet played a game of tennis. I have had lessons. I have hit balls from the ball machine. I have tried (not very successfully) to hit back Ray’s tennis shots. But I have never played a game (even without serving).


I am afraid. 

What am I afraid of? (mostly looking foolish, ruining the game for everybody else, who know?)

Many years ago I asked my mom who loves to play bridge with her friends to play bridge with me at the club. I made special provision for us to play in the novice game with out score being only notional.

My mother really wanted to but she was very scared. I convinced her to play. I could see her hands shaking and her voice trembling when we started. She calmed down somewhat during the game – although she tried to make sure I was on play. Afterwards she admitted she had fun, but the ordeal was too great and she never has played at a club since.

I never really understood why it was so hard to make the leap from bridge lessons to playing a game at a club. Now I do!  How wonderful are the teachers and club owners who know just how to help their students make that transition.

So as a teacher we are encouraging our students to play at home and I know we will also need to help them to make the transition to playing online and at a club.

When I told my intermediate class (who are really wonderful and very good) this story (my fear, mr mothers fear) they all immediately knew exactly what I meant.  And I now understand how hard it is to actually play that first real  bridge game. 

I will think of my students when I go out on the court. And if I double fault every serve or miss every backhand I will try not to feel too bad about it. Some day I will do better.

If my bridge students can put take the risk, so can I. 








Dave Memphis MOJOJanuary 25th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I think one way to get beginners more interested in bridge is online! Nobody can see their hands shake or how nervous they are. After they settle down, they will (hopefully) enjoy it and maybe transition to live bridge.

lindaJanuary 25th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thats fine is everyone is friendly online. My online students tell me that despite their description as novice they are yelled at, told to play faster, kicked out and so on.

The people who yell at the novices are the ones I would kick out of my table.

roberta zimmermanJanuary 27th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hi: Have your online students join the BIL — it was my haven. I was kicked out of many games in BBO until I heard about BIL.

PS Linda is really bringing a lot of people into the bridge world by her lessons here in Sarasota — She and Ray are truly treasured.

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