Monday, 21 June 2010

REBECCA ROOD'S MAILBAG.........................
Dear Rebecca,
After having an offending eye plucked out ( in the biblical sense ) by my over-reactive partner ( for failing to see a particular card discarded by my RHO ).........I am , to say the least, a trifle unnerved. Now with only one good eye left, I am seriously worried that this injury will impair my ability to play semi-competent bridge even more ?
Yours " Dead -eye " Dick
Dear Dick,
Although bridge is considered to be a sport, most physically-disadvantaged players can still manage to bid and play the cards. Having only one good eye might well restrict your span of vision, but focus in bridge is more to do with the mind, rather than the eye.
Anyway, if it's any consolation a recent discovery of ancient Greek scrolls revealed the fact that in the days of Jason and the Argonauts, the game of bridge was very popular......and was played by all and sundry. One character called Cyclops, despite his one eye, loved his club....... and his duplicate bridge. So much so that he took up teaching the game, and writing books on how to be successful at it. Many of these focused on aspects of strategic and tactical awareness. Titles included:
- Hands That Were Real Eye Openers
- Don't Turn A Blind Eye To Cheating
- Keeping A Sharp Eye On Your Opponents
- Difficult Hands : More Problems Than Meets The Eye
- Seeing Eye To Eye With Partner
- Playing Hands With One Eye Shut
- Having An Eye For Those Rather Thin Slams
These books are now available in the shops, and will certainly give you great advice on how to become a giant at the game. Indeed, many players with a whole range of profound physical disabilities have already benefitted from reading such great literature.
Yours Rebecca

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