A bridge teacher/playing pro once shared with me his thought that players are motivated to play duplicate by one or more of five reasons represented by the acronym BASIC:
- Beauty: appreciating unusual end positions or the effect of an offbeat bid.
- Approbation: achieving the respect of one’s fellow competitors as a skilled opponent.
- Socialization: establishing friendship circles from fellow players.
- Intellect: being challenged to solve the puzzles of taking tricks.
- Competition: satisfying the desire to win.
(Thanks to Michael Huston for the thought and acronym.)
I am a Regular Bridge Player (fairly seasoned and well-read, but far, far from expert) who is strongly motivated by the Intellectual aspect of our favored pastime. I often e-mail my bridge friends interesting hands to declarer, defend, or bid, as well as my thoughts on issues that can improve our enjoyment of, or success at, bridge. I welcome and value their input. With the formation of this blog, I am going to try to elevate that communication and exchange of ideas to a more convenient and efficient forum, and perhaps even broaden my circle of bridge friends. I hope you enjoy my postings.